First project ID’d for new Ramsey business park

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

The developer of a new Ramsey business park has a commitment from a sports training business to move from Coon Rapids to Ramsey.

According to Matt Kuker, of PSD, LLC, Adrenaline Sports Center closed on a property purchase with PSD on June 27.

The property is within a new business park that PSD is developing north of Highway 10 and west of Armstrong Boulevard.

The owner of Adrenaline Sports Center could not be reached for comment before this story went to press, but Kuker said PSD would be constructing a 64,000-square-foot building and Adrenaline would occupy 56,000 square feet.

Kuker said the shell of the building should be completed by November. From there, Adrenaline would work with its own companies to complete interior work in the following months. Kuker was informed that the facility would include three indoor turf fields for soccer and lacrosse and a court for basketball and volleyball.

“It’s a business that draws and generates traffic,” Mayor Sarah Strommen said.

Adrenaline Sports Center currently has a 35,000-square-foot facility at 11521 Eagle St. NW, Coon Rapids. It offers daily hours from October through April to give athletes of all ages and skill levels a climate controlled place to train during the fall and winter. It’s available by appointment only May through September.

In a previous interview with ABC Newspapers, business owner Jason Jacob said between 4,000 and 5,000 families come to his Coon Rapids’ facility every year. The biggest customer base are the youth soccer players from Blaine, North Metro, Northern Lights and Three Rivers soccer clubs.

Kuker said his daughter has played soccer at the Adrenaline Sports Center.

“I understand what they do and that there is a need for more space,” he said.

Kuker is excited that this development would bring more non-Ramsey residents into the community to visit the grocery store, restaurants and retail locations.

Additionally, he said it will start out PSD’s new business park with an actual company and not just a speculative project.

“It’s a game changer,” he said.

Kuker said he has been in preliminary talks with a batting cage company that has some interest in leasing space next to the Adrenaline Sports Center but nothing has been finalized.

He said PSD is still planning to construct another 60,000-square-foot building and would like to break ground on that project this fall, but the Adrenaline Sports Center building will be the first priority.

That 60,000-square-foot building has no tenants lined up and would be built on speculation, but that has been PSD’s plan from the start since it bought 45 acres from Hageman Holdings for its business park project. The property is large enough to fit seven buildings, with each being about 60,000-square-feet.

Kuker said these large facilities would attract attention of businesses looking for new buildings. He said there’s a “pent up demand for industrial space in Ramsey.”

“The visibility from Highway 10 should market itself,” he said.

PSD is requesting public dollars for the business park. The council on June 27 approved a Memorandum of Understanding document that obligates the city to contribute up to $250,000 for the new public roadway within the business park. This covers about 42 percent of the estimated project cost.

Assistant city administrator Patrick Brama said Ramsey has a history of helping with site infrastructure improvements for other business parks.

But PSD did need to complete a business subsidy application for an additional $200,000 request. There will be a public hearing on this request at the July 25 council meeting.

In addition, PSD requested Tax Increment Financing. A public hearing on consideration of a nine-year TIF District totaling $218,000 was on the July 11 council agenda as was a tree clearing and mass grading plan.

“They are in and committed to the business park and we’re excited to have PSD as a partner and continue to work with them moving forward,” Brama said.

Council Member Chris Riley said the council and Ramsey’s Economic Development Authority have been planning for a business park north of Highway 10 and west of Armstrong Boulevard for awhile and there’s excitement seeing projects come forward.

“We’ve studied it for several years now and are very happy about the prospect of this moving forward,” Riley said.

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