Conditional use permit approved in Oak Grove

A metal fabrication business will move from Ham Lake to Oak Grove.

Gizmos LLC, operated by Greg Friedrich, has been granted a conditional use permit to operate at 19187 Main St. N.W. in Oak Grove.

Oak Grove City Council members approved the CUP request following a public hearing at which no one spoke June 18.

The business is currently located at 2748 Crosstown Blvd. N.E. in Ham Lake. It is a metal shop that specializes in aircraft and specialty automotive industries.

Friedrich is moving the business to allow more space.

Friedrich said he hopes to close on the property in July and have the business in operation by September.

The Oak Grove site is currently vacant and was zoned general business. Because Friedrich’s business does not fit the general business category, a conditional use permit was required.

General business district regulations allow automobile repair and reconditioning as a conditional use as well as similar uses determined to be comparable by the city council.

According to Friedrich, Gizmos is a very private company, which does not accept walk in traffic. Only small signs on the service doors of the building will be required.

There are currently two employees plus Friedrich, who normally work the first shift. On occasion overtime is required to complete a job, Friedrich said in a letter to the city.

No outside storage is planned on site and parking would be limited to employees’ and customers’ cars.

Friedrich said occasionally a customer from out of town would need to park a truck and trailer on site for a few days.

A condition of approval is that noise producing work be performed with the building’s doors closed.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com

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