New day care business coming to Andover

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

A new day care business is in the works in the Andover Clocktower Commons shopping center at the northeast corner of Hanson Boulevard and Crosstown Drive.

The Andover City Council needed to address this at its May 16 meeting because the developer of Andover Clocktower Commons needed to split one lot into two smaller lots, one of which would be used for the day care. The council unanimously approved.

The child care business itself will be located in a 7,000-square-foot building on a 1.16-acre lot on the eastern end of the development near Bluebird Street, according to Andover Community Development Director Joe Janish.

A remnant 0.78-acre parcel would remain at the corner of Hanson and Crosstown that could have a separate retail, trade and service building of up to 7,440-square-feet, Janish said.

The Clocktower Commons commercial development was originally approved by the council in 2003. Much of the development has built out. Beef O’ Brady’s, the Brio coffee and wine bistro and Clocktower Wine and Spirits are just a few examples of businesses currently in this shopping center that is across the street from the Andover YMCA and Andover Elementary.

“I’m sure it will be a very convenient location for families,” Mayor Julie Trude said.

The council has approved a couple of changes since then at the request of the property owner to help make the undeveloped land more marketable.

This included a three-quarters access on Crosstown between Hanson and Bluebird so people heading northeast on Crosstown would have another spot to make a quick left into the shopping center for added convenience. In 2014, the council allowed the developer to change the vision of this almost two-acre undeveloped lot from a future site for a bank to a retail trade building. The council also signed off on future buildings in these developments to be able to get closer to Crosstown Boulevard than what was allowed for in the original 2003 approval.

Andover residents Rhiannon Paradise and her husband Matthew will operate this day care center. East Bethel business Classic Construction will be building the facility. Rhiannon Paradise told the council they hope to have children in the facility by the end of 2018. The are expecting about 100 children.

The child care facility will have a play area as well as a vegetable garden that will be used to supply organic, gluten-free foods for the children, according to Rhiannon Paradise.

Curt Strandlund, owner of Classic Construction, said the property would have a black vinyl fence similar to what it put in when it worked on the Foundation Hill Montessori project in Andover.

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