SLP council considers storage building options

by Tim Hennagir
Life Editor

Spring Lake Park councilmembers are giving strong consideration to a potential property purchase or new building construction to free up city storage space.

Spring Lake Park council members have considered buying approximately two acres and a 16,000 square-foot building at 8502 Central Ave. N.E. to store public works, police and other vehicles held for forfeiture. The southern parcel, outlined in orange at the bottom of this map, was part of the former Cemstone cement plant. Map graphic courtesy NorthMarq Real Estate Service

City leaders conducted a short closed session Monday night to discuss possible purchase of a warehouse building on the former Cemstone cement plant site.

Councilmembers and city staff met with City Attorney Jeff Carson during the 25-minute meeting.  After council returned to chambers, Carson provided a required summary. He said that no decision was reached regarding the city’s purchase of approximately two acres and a 16,000 square-foot building at 8502 Central Ave. N.E.

Two departments – public works and police – would use the Cemstone building to store city vehicles and equipment as well as other vehicles held for forfeiture.

NorthMarq Real Estate Service in Minneapolis is working with Cemstone Products Co. to market the property, which has a listed sale price of $640,000.

City Administrator Barbara Nelson said during a Feb. 2 council workshop that the city would consider a bond issue of $650,000 to fund the site acquisition.

During the workshop, councilmembers reviewed a letter of intent sent from NorthMarq to Public Works Director Terry Randall and a memo prepared by Police Chief Doug Ebeltoft that outlined his department’s lack of storage.

Spring Lake Park’s current city building was completed 35 years ago.

A police department expansion was built in 1994.

Police, public works and code enforcement vehicles are currently being stored outside and other departments are short on space.

Construction of a new storage building on existing city property at 1301 81st Ave. N.E. was also discussed at length during the council’s Feb. 2 workshop.

See next week’s Blaine-Spring Lake Park Life for a workshop recap and more information Spring Lake Park’s storage building issue.

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]