Blaine council approves retail projects

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

The Blaine City Council in August approved a handful of shopping center expansion projects.

On Aug. 3, the council approved a 10,850-square-foot expansion onto an already 33,500-square-foot building that is home to Marshalls and Petco.

These two businesses opened last year next to Lowe’s at the southwest corner of Highway 65 and 117th Avenue. Ryan Companies constructed the building and at the time informed the city that it was planning for another expansion once the timing was right.

The new addition will include two tenant spaces that are 2,340 and 8,495 square feet, according to the staff report from Planning and Community Development Director Bryan Schafer. He said Ryan Companies has not told the city who will be moving in.

On the opposite side of 117th Avenue, a 6,500-square-foot building will be built by Stone Construction. US Nails will use 3,400 square feet of the south end of the building. A restaurant is proposed for the middle tenant space of 1,200 square feet but the restaurant name was not announced at the meeting. There are no known tenants for the remaining 1,900 square feet on the north end of the building.

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the council approved a conditional use permit for Yoga by Blisstopia to occupy a tenant space within a building at 10611 Baltimore St. NE that is currently home to the U.S. Postal Office, a running store and a nutrition store.

This studio will offer courses in hot, vinyasa flow, curvy, gentle, beginner’s and prenatal yoga. It will also have a small boutique that will sell clothes and yoga training aides. Classes will start as early as 6 a.m. and go until 8 p.m. with an average of four classes on weekdays. There will be two to three classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings, according to a letter from the business operator.

Last year, the council had approved a conditional use permit for MILO Strength to open a gym in this same spot that the yoga studio is moving into, but Blaine Associate Planner Lori Johnson said the gym never followed through and the space remained vacant. This gym business was founded by Mike Morris, a former Minnesota Vikings football player who later became known as the “Superstar” Mike Morris when he became a sports talk show radio host.

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