Blaine and Spring Lake Park city councils unanimously approved a joint resolution for concurrent detachment and annexation of land along Central Avenue at 85th Avenue.
Spring Lake Park purchased the Cemstone building at 8502 Central Ave. in December, and a barbershop, also owned by Cemstone, at 8500 Central Ave. in January.
The former Cemstone building sits in both municipalities as the boundaries are currently drawn. The northern half is in Blaine, and the southern half sits in Spring Lake Park.
The barbershop is entirely in Blaine, but is attached to buildings within Spring Lake Park’s boundaries.
To bring the buildings under one set of zoning controls, Spring Lake Park brought a request for detachment and annexation to Blaine city officials.
Blaine will detach 1.23 acres of land so Spring Lake Park can annex the property.
“They were very cooperative and completely understanding,” Spring Lake Park City Administrator Dan Buchholtz said of Blaine officials. “It just shows what good intergovernmental cooperation can be.”
The Blaine City Council approved the resolution March 20. The Spring Lake Park City Council followed suit April 7.
Spring Lake Park agreed to take responsibility for all costs Blaine incurs for the city to update its maps, up to $500, and to pay the state filing fee to make the change, $100.
Minnesota’s Office of Administrative Hearings Municipal Boundary Adjustment Unit will look over the resolution and approve it in less than 30 days.
Spring Lake Park is currently renovating the Cemstone building so that it can function as a public works building.
The city is considering tearing down the barbershop, a more recent acquisition.
“The building [is] in real tough shape,” Buchholtz said.
The council agreed to purchase the building for $60,000 because it wanted to own the land underneath the access road to all of the properties in the strip mall where the barbershop is located.
“We figured if that access ever deteriorated, having those property owners on their own try and figure who was responsible for the repair would be pretty difficult,” Buchholtz said. “At least we’ll be there to coordinate that.”
After purchasing the property in January, the city evicted the building’s tenant two months later for violating the lease, Buchholtz said.
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