Blaine EDA buys property for road realignment

The city of Blaine will pay the owners of a Dairy Queen $31,133 so it can complete a service road realignment project this year.

As part of the redevelopment of the Cemstone site, the city of Blaine is realigning a portion of a service road on the northwest corner of Highway 65 and 85th Avenue.

Kwik Trip already constructed a new access and a portion of the new service road on the west side of its property. The city will extend this new segment west and then north of Dairy Queen so it can connect with the remainder of the existing service road that goes north to 89th Avenue.

On April 17, the Blaine Economic Development Authority, which includes all members of the Blaine City Council, unanimously approved purchasing 8,150-square-feet from the owners of Dairy Queen.

Planning and Community Development Director Bryan Schafer said the EDA owns the rest of the land the city needs to complete this project. Once done, the service road will be running by six EDA-owned parcels.

Schafer said the council in the next month or so will discuss how to market this property at a workshop meeting. Schafer anticipates it will cost the EDA $3,500 to $4,000 to get these plats prepared.

The portion of the existing service road south of Dairy Queen will be torn up and the area landscaped, according to Schafer.

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