Arbor Lakes Business Park PUD Concept Stage Plan Receives Maple Grove City Council Approval
Dec 20, 2017 05:37AM
By Wendy Erlien
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The request submitted to the city was to seek approval to develop a property, located near 10801 77th Avenue North and 7560 Zachary Lane North, consisting of several office/warehouse buildings spanning approximately 985,000 square feet, according to documents presented to the council.
Initially, at the Nov. 6 meeting, the proposal came before the council with a planning commission recommendation to deny the project. Concerns, according to Maple Grove City Planner Peter Vickerman at the Nov. 20 meeting, were land use, vision for the area, how the buildings would fit with existing retail, and the building architecture.
According to the Nov. 6 Maple Grove City Council meeting minutes:
Councilmembers had several questions regarding the proposed project after a presentation. Councilmember Judy Hanson questioned the building architecture and alignment with the comprehensive plan.
In response, the applicant (Duke Realty) shared the vision for the site as well as a potential tenant.
Kim McKosso of Illume commented the business “was located in Bloomington, Minnesota at this time in six different buildings and was looking to consolidate their corporate headquarters in Maple Grove.”
Councilmember Karen Jaeger asked several questions about Illume, including if the business was planning on occupying one building. In response, an Illume representative stated they were proposing to occupy 280,000 square feet in one building. Councilmember Phil Leith questioned the number of employees by the business, to which an Illume representative responded they currently have 133 staff and anticipate that could expand to 185 by the end of 2018. Hanson asked about wages, representatives of the business shared various position wages, including starting wages at $16 per hour.
Other questions for the applicant revolved around the timeline of which buildings would be constructed first, timeline of site completion, other possible tenants, warehouse space, and more.
At the Nov. 6 meeting, the Maple Grove City Council approved directing the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the PUD Concept Stage Plan for Arbor Lakes Business Park, which included “incorporating the design elements” presented that evening. The resolution was approved at the Nov. 20 meeting.
The city, as well as the applicant, agreed the waive a pre-existing deadline date for additional time to make plan changes for the development stage plan, final plat and rezoning part of the application. The extension was approved until Feb. 21, 2018, according to the resolution. It is anticipated the request will be resubmitted before the planning commission and/or city council when it is completed at a later date.
Nov. 6 Maple Grove City Council Meeting