Hot coffee on a cold day was certainly welcome when the city, developers and contractor officially broke ground on another Anoka development.
Caribou Coffee at the corner of Main and Ferry streets is now under construction. The coffee shop is expected to open in August.
“We’re excited about this – it’s been a long time coming,” said Anoka City Council Councilmember Mark Freeburg said during the ceremonial ground breaking Thursday, May 9.
United Properties will develop the new Caribou Coffee in Anoka. The location will be 1,800 square feet and will include a drive-through. RJM Construction is the general contractor on the project.
The city-owned property was sold to United Properties for $95,000.
The coffee shop is expected to open in August, said Keith Ulstad, senior vice president of development at United Properties.
During the ground breaking, Ulstad said the construction of the building will be the easy phase of this project, which has been under development for two years.
This location has been long beleaguered and once was commonly referred to as ‘The Burger King corner” where the dilapidated fast food restaurant sat empty for years.
But that corner also holds a lot of important history for the city.
The property has also been home to a Studebaker dealership, gas station and a Baptist church, said Freeburg.
“A lot of history and a lot of neat stuff has gone on, on this corner,” said Freeburg.
And to tell the history of that corner, Anoka will be putting up a series of historical interpretive signs. 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, who according to the historical society was the first Union Civil War volunteer in the nation, in 1861.
Recent history has seen some unsuccessful attempts to redevelop the storied corner, including a push in 2009 that likely failed as a victim of the economy, said Freeburg.
But since then a new U.S. Bank branch has been built and Caribou Coffee will be the next step in filling out the corner.
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