Chopper/custom auto store looks to roll into Osseo

The Osseo City Council considered an ordinance amendment that would allow an “artisan manufacturing” business to locate in the city in the future at its Monday, Aug. 28, meeting.

ARTISAN MANUFACTURING

City Planner Nancy Abts presented the council with an ordinance that would amend the city zoning code regarding a proposed future business — Union Speed and Style, a custom auto and motorcycle fabricating company — to come the Central Business District.

The business would relocated to Osseo from Monticello. The applicants would use part of the former Osseo Sports Train World, at 340 Central Avenue, and rent out the rest to other businesses.

The proposed amendment will define “Artisan manufacturing.” The definition would be: the production of goods by the use of hand tools or small-scale, light mechanical equipment occurring solely within an enclosed building. Uses would include: breweries and microdistilleries, woodworking and cabinet shops, ceramic studios, jewelry manufacturing, welding and metal fabricators, upholsterers and food processing.

The amendment would also establish this new use as a conditional use in the Central Business District. Any artisan manufacturing business would need a conditional use permit in the future to operate its business in Osseo.

Jordan Dickinson, on his custom chopper, is looking to relocate Union Speed and Style from Monticello to Osseo. (Photo by speedclubinc.com)

“This is the first step in a series of steps that would allow this business to move to town,” Abts said. “This the start in a bit of a long process.”

The applicants, Jesse Dickinson and Jordan Dickinson, said their business involves taking the main one-story building for its business. The production side of the business would be done in the rear of the building, with the front portion used as a showroom and retail space. They plan to grow to around six employees.

The two-story portion of the building would be rented out other tenant-based businesses.

The applicants stated the business does sheet metal shaping and metal fabrication work and upholstery work. They will be doing welding, grinding and shaping.

“We have a car show up at our shop and the bottom half of the car will be missing,” Jesse Dickinson said. “It’s our job to basically re-manufacture that sheet metal and re-shape it.”

Any of the body fill or paint is done by another company at a different location.

Jordan Dickinson said, “One thing to note is that a lot of our clients are from all over the state as well as the country and worldwide.”

They have also won a Harley Davidson show with bikes they built, and won a national show in Orlando. They now will be heading to compete in Germany as the American representative in the World Championship.

All vehicles that would be worked on will be stored inside. Most of their projects take a minimum of six months to complete.

“We have been looking for about five years extensively for a particular structure, but we just couldn’t find that building or property,” the applicant said.

The reason the applicants like the building in Osseo is because of its history and origins. The building was originally a car dealership. The applicants also noted both buildings would be restored as there is brick work that needs to be done.

Councilor Mark Schulz said he felt some of the language in the proposed amendment might be too restrictive. “For example, 75 percent of gross floor area accompanied by retail storefront of 25 percent. Well if someone comes in here and wants to do 22.5 percent, I don’t want this being a huge standing point,” he said. “So, I’m not really in favor of specific limitations.”

The council approved the first reading of the ordinance amending the city zoning code regarding artisan manufacturing uses with noted wording changes that will be made for the second reading.

OTHER

In other action, the council:

APPROVED the engineering services proposals for the 2018 street (portions of Fourth Street N.E., Fourth Avenue N.E. and Sixth Avenue N.E.) and alley (between Second and Third Avenue, from Fourth Street to 93rd Avenue, and Fifth and Sixth Avenue from Fourth Street to 93rd Avenue) project. Neighborhood meetings will be in October. Construction would begin in May 2018 and end in September/October 2018.

RECEIVED an update from Dee Bonn on the adult fitness classes. There are two strengthen Jazzercise classes and one gentle yoga class offered free of charge. The Jazzercise program has grown from a total of 921 attendees in 2014 to 2,011 attendees this year. Yoga has seen an increase of 1,161 to 1,667.

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