Plans for historic signage at Main and Ferry approved

The story of one of Anoka’s most well known corners will soon be on display for all to see.

Historical interpretive signage will be installed at the intersection of Main and Ferry streets as part of the new Caribou Coffee development on the northwest corner.

“This is a great opportunity to tell the history of what has happened at that corner,” said Erik Thorvig, city planner and economic development coordinator.

The Anoka City Council unanimously approved an easement for what will include four signs and decorative landscaping, which it requested as part of the development agreement.

The property is currently owned by the city of Anoka, which will soon sell it to United Properties.

Thorvig said the developers have signed a lease agreement with Caribou Coffee.

The next step will be for the city to close on the sale of the property, scheduled for April 15, said Thorvig.

Construction is anticipated to start May 1 and the coffee shop will open later this summer.

According to Thorvig, the Heritage Preservation Commission is working with the Anoka County Historical Society to write the information for the signs.

They will tell the story of Aaron Greenwald and his involvement in the Civil War and the historic buildings that once were located at the intersection of Main and Ferry streets, said Thorvig.

According to the ACHS, Greenwald and his comrades were the first Union Civil War volunteers in the nation in 1861.

The easement agreement will also need to be approved and signed by United Properties, which will be the landowner.

The city will be responsible for the costs of installation, repair and maintenance of the signs.

The city was able to secure an $800 grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution to help with the cost of the project, said Thorvig.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]