Ramsey approves new day care development

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

The Stone Brook Academy day care in Ramsey is slated to break ground soon.

The Ramsey City Council approved different motions on July 25 and Aug. 8 to keep this project moving forward. Jeff Benedict, of Vanguard Construction, said on Aug. 8 that groundbreaking would happen in two to three weeks and construction would take four-and-a-half months.

Stone Brook Academy will be located east of the shopping center anchored by Coborn’s. The building will be 9,100 square feet and there will be a 2,300-square-foot outdoor playground.

The council approved a $100,000 loan from the city’s Economic Development Authority Revolving Loan Fund. The re-payment term is 15 years with 3 percent interest. The city’s loan consultant CMDC Business Financing and the Ramsey EDA recommended approval.

The city of Ramsey sold the 0.85-acre property for $121,852 to Andover residents Michael and Kristine Johnson, who pitched the idea of a day care center in this spot.

The developer will construct a new road through the property to connect Veterans Drive and Sunwood Drive. The city will reimburse 80 percent of the costs.

“I like the architecture of the new building. I think this will be a nice addition to The COR,” Council Member Mark Kuzma said.

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