Parking expansion at Coon Rapids office complex approved

Expansion of the parking area for an office complex has been approved by the Coon Rapids City Council on the recommendation of its planning commission.

Back in 2006, MJM Partnership was given approval to build four, two-story office buildings at 10091 and 10087 Dogwood St. NW.

The buildings, which each total 6,000 square feet, were placed in the center of the site around a central plaza, according to Planner Scott Harlicker.

Three of the four buildings have been leased with a mix of general office and medical office tenants, which has resulted in a shortage of parking spaces, Harlicker wrote in a report to the council.

Now MJM Partnership has a potential tenant, an engineering firm, for the empty building, he wrote.

Currently, there are 80 parking spots and the site plan revision to the planned unit development, through which the project was originally approved, would reconfigure the parking lot and add 11 more parking stalls, according to Harlicker.

Initially, MJM Partnership considered adding parking on the south side of the site adjacent to single-family homes, but rejected that option because of the potential impact on the residents, shifting its focus instead to adding more parking on the north side of the site, along 101st Avenue, he wrote.

As part of the expanded parking, there will be more landscaping provided with 10 additional trees on 101st, plus some replacement of planting beds and a three-foot hedge, Harlicker wrote.

According to Harlicker, the existing large trees on the site will remain with smaller bushes and shrubs replanted. A landscape maintenance agreement will be required as a condition of approval, Harlicker said.

Mayor Tim Howe was encouraged to see the office space fill up in the development after a slow start, he said.

And he also appreciated the fact that MJM addressed neighborhood concerns with the parking.