March 29, 2007 at 7:14 a.m.
The development is dubbed "Business Barns." The preliminary plat council unanimously okayed shows about seven acres of business "barns" that entrepreneurs will buy and utilize for growing their small businesses-- from light manufacturing to any number of uses.
The site is co-owned by the Chisago County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the city of Wyoming. It was purchased seven years ago for $880,000, according to HRA Director Chris Eng. Eng said this business incubator concept is unlike anything being done in this area and the HRA/EDA Board supports this project. The HRA/EDA is cooperating with Wyoming on all aspects.
"We hope the project allows for small business start-ups to grow into larger operations, and eventually locate in area industrial parks," Eng explained.
Interested business persons are welcome to contact the HRA/EDA for details at 674-5664. The project is probably going to fill in over at least a three-year period, Eng estimated.
Eng told the council, "I encourage you to support this."
Johnathan Bruntjen of Trail Head Land said his group has been working on concept development for a year. He said the city's planning commission has given good feedback on design and he's proud to present this for preliminary plat approval.
Trail Head received approval on the whole plat (all 14 acres) although it was explained the project will proceed in phases. Ground breaking is scheduled for this spring.
Wyoming's new city attorney David Snyder advised council to approve contingent on the developer's agreement being accepted with conditions about the build-out of the site.
The project is located between County Road 30 and the freeway on a triangular shaped parcel with 273rd at its wide end. A new access road will come into the parcel off 273rd.