Land use change approved for Hanson Boulevard site

The Coon Rapids City Council has approved a land use change for a currently vacant building at 10732 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids.

Without comment or dissent Oct. 16, the council adopted a rezoning ordinance and approved a comprehensive land use change resolution to change the designation from moderate density residential to office.

The Coon Rapids Planning Commission had recommended approval of the request from property owner First National Bank of Elk River following a public hearing at which no one spoke.

The 7,372 square-foot building on the site was constructed in 1968 and was most recently occupied by a private security firm, according to Planner Scott Harlicker.

In 1968, when the building was constructed both the land use and zoning were industrial, but they were changed to moderate density residential in 2010 as part of the city’s comprehensive plan update, Harlicker wrote in his report to the commission.

“These changes were made because industrial was not appropriate zoning and moderate density was compatible with the single-family residences and would serve as a buffer to Hanson Boulevard,” he wrote in his report.

But in the letter to the city requesting the land use change, Scott Fritz, senior vice president, First National Bank of Elk River, wrote that the bank is the owner of the property as a result of a mortgage foreclosure.

Vacant for about two years, it had been used as an office/warehouse and it fronts on Hanson with the rear adjacent to the railroad tracks, he wrote.

According to Fritz, under the current zoning/land use, the existing building would have to be demolished and the cost to construct any new building to comply with the zoning/land use would far exceed the value of the property.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]