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Blaine BizConnect

Summer Summer Special Special Edition Edition 2018 2018

Blaine Businesses Celebrate Grand Openings Over the last six months several new Blaine businesses have celebrated grand openings. Highlighting the list are three businesses that finished construction of new facilities contributing to the growth of Blaine.

Twin Cities Orthopedics Twin Cities Orthopedics celebrated the opening of their new clinic in June. Located at 11225 Ulysses Street, the new 48,000 square foot clinic will provide a local choice for clinical services, surgery, orthopedic urgent care, physical therapy, and hand therapy.

Blaine Anticipating Another Strong Development Year Developers are gearing up for projects in what is anticipated to be another big year of development in Blaine. All sectors, including residential, commercial, industrial and public are going to be busy. We anticipate Blaine will see over 300 new single family houses built adding over $100 million in value. Several new apartment projects, highlighted by a 192 unit senior apartment developed by Dominium at the corner of 109th Avenue and Lexington Avenue, will add an additional $70 million in multi-family development. Over 175,000 square feet of new industrial projects are anticipated, highlighted by construction of the new 75,000 square foot global headquarters and research and development facility of Crown Iron Works at 98th Avenue and Naples Street. An expansion and remodel of Blaine High School, new Anoka-Hennepin elementary school and Eagle Brook Church highlight public sector projects in 2018. Overall, Blaine is likely to exceed $200 million in new development in 2018. Blaine contributes to more than one-third of all value added by new development in Anoka County and is the largest City in the County with over 65,369 residents. 2018 will bring several major commercial projects. Continued on Page 4

Invictus Brewery Invictus Brewery and the Tipsy Steer Restaurant opened their doors to the public in May. The brewery, located at 2025 105th Avenue next to the National Sports Center, offers several varieties of beer brewed on-site. The Tipsy Steer restaurant offers residents and visitors to Blaine a new upscale casual dining option! Continued on Page 2


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Blaine Businesses Celebrate Grand Openings

Blaine City Hall 10801 Town Square Drive Blaine, MN 55449 763-784-6700 763-785-6156 (fax)


Harley Davidson Harley Davidson completed their new 60,000 square foot showroom this spring. Located at 1355 98th Avenue, the new location offers an expanded selection of motorcycles, an apparel shop, and servicing.

Erik Thorvig Economic Development Coordinator 763-785-6147

Bryan Schafer Planning and Community Development Director 763-785-6144

Clark Arneson City Manager 763-785-6120

Other Businesses Celebrating with Ribbon Cuttings Several other businesses recently celebrated ribbon cuttings in Blaine. They include: Spalons by Skin Bliss 2345 124th Court INI Bodyworks Celebrating 10 years in Blaine – 1063 109th Avenue

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BizConnect is published twice annually by the City of Blaine and distributed to all residents and businesses. Past copies of BizConnect are available at BlaineMN. gov/BizNewsletter. Feedback can be directed to More information about Blaine’s Economic Development Programs is available at 763-785-6147 or online at FACEBOOK.COM/ BLAINEBIZMN


Snap Fitness Fitness center located at 4325 Pheasant Ridge Drive Conquer Ninja Warrior Fitness center located at 1467 101st Avenue Chiroway of Blaine Celebrating 5 years in Blaine – 1572 125th Avenue Topper’s Pizza Pizza restaurant located at 10950 Club West Parkway Nevalia’s Children’s learning store located at 4325 Pheasant Ridge Drive El Zocolo Mexican Restaurant located at 12531 Central Avenue Sky Zone Indoor trampoline park located at 198 Northtown Drive

List Your Business on the Blaine Business Listing

The Economic Development Department keeps a listing of all businesses located in the City of Blaine. The listing is available to all visitors to the City website and acts as a directory, allowing alphabetical and category searches. Listing your business on the Blaine Business Listing is easy, just visit To view the Blaine Business Listing, visit

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Two Elementary Schools and Expansions at Blaine High School With growth in Blaine comes the need for school districts to address facility needs. Blaine is divided into three school districts; Anoka-Hennepin, Spring Lake Park Schools, and Centennial. In 2017, Spring Lake Park Schools broke ground on Centerview Elementary located at the corner of 105th Avenue and Davenport Street near the National Sports Center. The school will be opening in the fall of 2018.

For more information on Spring Lake Park Schools, visit their webpage at Over the last several years the Anoka-Hennepin School District completed a “Fit for the Future� plan to address facility needs throughout the district which was put into motion with the passing of a referendum last fall. The district will be breaking ground on a new elementary school this spring located at the northwest corner of 125th Avenue and Lever Street. The new school will serve approximately 1,000 students in grades K-5. The school will be open for the 2019/2020 school year.

Does Your Business Want to Sponsor an Event? Blaine Parks has many opportunities for your business to help make our community events a success. We have options including logo listing in brochures, city newsletters, and other promotional material related to your chosen event. Other sponsorship perks might include free booth space at the event. Businesses searching for creative, interactive ways to reach new, loyal, and active customers are invited to partner with the Blaine Parks and Recreation Department for great results. Sponsors are sought on an ongoing basis for a variety of community-wide events, cultural activities, and performances. By partnering with Blaine Parks and Recreation, you can enhance your customer base. The cross-marketing offered will benefit your business and strengthen your roots in the community and surrounding areas.

In addition to the new elementary school, there are plans to expand and renovate Blaine High School. Construction will begin with classroom additions and the cafeteria expansion during summer 2018 with completion for fall 2019. The additions will result in the removal of portable classrooms that have been in use for many years. Construction on fieldhouse and fitness expansions, and the front office move, will be in the summer of 2020, with completion set for fall of 2021. Centennial Schools also completed extensive work in Blaine at Centennial High School and Elementary Schools. Work included upgrades to the media center, gym upgrades and updating classrooms along with outdoor improvements to the parking areas and athletic fields. For more information on these projects please visit the Anoka-Hennepin Schools webpage at or call them at 763-506-3383.

We offer many sponsorship opportunities that can be tailored to your marketing goals and budget. All events are different and sponsorship levels are outlined in the application form. For more information, visit and select Sponsorship


2018 Commercial Project Highlights

Lexington Meadows Developed by Wellington Management, this project at the southwest corner of 109th Avenue and Lexington Avenue will start this summer. The 32-acre project will include a 192- unit senior apartment building development by Dominium, along with commercial space available for retail, service, restaurant, grocery, etc.

The Blaine Medical Building Developed by MSP Commercial, located at 11091 Ulysses Street, the Blaine Medical Building is a 34,000-square foot medical office building designed for specialty medical services.

Panera Bread Panera Bread will be constructing a new restaurant near Target in Victory Village off of 109th Avenue. Construction will begin this summer.

Marriot-Fairfield Inn and Suites Hotel Located at 10611 Baltimore Street, this 5-story, 80 room hotel is anticipated to begin this year.

The Imagine Center Located in the Blaine Town Square near City Hall, the Imagine Center is a 16,500-square foot office building. Developed by the owner of Imagine Smiles Dentistry, the building will be the new home for Imagine Smiles along with several other businesses.

Legends of Blaine Dominium will be breaking ground this summer on the Legends of Blaine. This 192-unit, independent senior (50+) apartment complex will provide a mix of one, two, and three bedroom units. The building will include amenities like a community room with fireplace, fitness center, theater room, card/craft room, heated underground parking, and a landscaped outdoor seating area overlooking a pond.

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2018 Commercial Project Highlights

Kwik Trip Kwik Trip has three new stores planned in Blaine. They are located at 105th Avenue and Radisson Road, 122nd Avenue and Lexington Avenue, and 117th Avenue and Ulysses Street. The first two are planned to begin in 2018.

Auto Zone and Xperience Fitness The owner of the former K-Mart building, near Northtown, is proposing to remodel the interior and exterior of the building and make extensive site improvements to allow for Auto Zone and Xperience Fitness to occupy a majority of the building.

Tumble Fresh Laundry The City of Blaine Economic Development Authority sold the property at 105th Avenue and University Avenue to a developer who will construct a Tumble Fresh Laundry.

Continued Focus on Redevelopment

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The City also continues to focus on redevelopment in various areas, most notably along the Highway 65 and University Avenue corridors, near the National Sports Center, and near Northtown Mall. With the recent closures of Toys-R-Us, Best Buy and Herberger’s, the City is working with property owners to fill those spaces.

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To stay up to date on development activity in Blaine, be sure to visit our interactive development map at This map highlights all of the projects underway and coming in the future.

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Summer 2018 Registration Browse our catalog and register online at

5th Annual Kids Triathlon Distances will include 100 or 165 yard swim, 2.3 mile bike, and finishes with a 1 mile run. Questions please call Nate at 763-785-6151. Fee includes race shirt, swim cap, refreshments, and medal. This race is not timed. Parents are encouraged to be the timekeepers for their children. Saturday, July 28, 8AM Lakeside Commons Park $30 resident; $33 non-resident Activity #5959 For more information, visit

Lakeside Commons Park Beach Open June 1 - September 3

NOW Accepting Credit Cards. Amenities include canoe and kayak rental, splash pad, volleyball court, concessions, and fishing dock. FREE to Blaine Residents!

Dance Classes

with QC Dance Studio We offer a variety of dance classes for ages 0 to 18! All classes begin the week of June 11. These classes are held at QC Dance Studio, 9967 Ulysses Avenue NE in Blaine.

Jam Hops

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Inspiring kids to become LIFE CHAMPIONS! All classes, events and camps are held at Jam Hops, 1460 – 133rd Lane NE in Ham Lake. Camptastic Kindergarten and older; Camptastic Preschool, ages 3-5; Ninja, Nerf & Open Gym, ages 5-18; Ninja Zone classes, ages 3–12. For complete information regarding dates, times, fees, and to register, visit our website at or call 763-784-6164.

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Youth Sports

The City of Blaine has partnered with Growing Green Hearts and Wargo Nature Center to bring you a variety of programs for families of all ages to discover and appreciate this valued Blaine resource. All programs are held at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary at the Lexington Avenue trailhead located at 11980 Lexington Avenue and will include walking. For more information, visit BlaineWetlandSanctuary

More information about Parks & Recreation programs is available at 76378 5 -6 1 6 4 or in the current Recreation Connection online at FACEBOOK.COM/ BLAINEPARKSMN

We offer gymnastics classes for ages 16 months to age 10! All classes begin the week of June 11. These classes are held at Perpetual Motion Gymnastics, 12440 Aberdeen Street NE, Suite 101 in Blaine.


Blaine Parks and Recreation offers a variety of organized summer sports centered on teaching the fundamentals and sportsmanship. These sports range in age from 3 years to 3rd grade. These sports include: Pre-games; Preschool T-ball; Evening T-ball; Parent/Child T-ball; Little Feats Soccer; Mighty Mites Co-Rec Softball; Recreational Soccer. For complete program descriptions, visit our website at or call 763-784-6164.

Guitar All guitar classes are held at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf Room Wednesdays, June 15 – July 25 $70 resident; $77 non-resident Beginner, Ages 7-10 6 – 6:45PM, Activity #5921 Intermediate, Ages 11 & Up 7 – 7:45PM, Activity #5922

Minecraft Creative Entering Grades 1 to 4 We will be using Minecraft for the PC in creative mode. This class explores design and building challenges with the game of Minecraft. Students should bring a drink and snack daily. This class is held at Blaine City Hall, Cloverleaf Room B. June 19 and 20, 9AM – 2PM $108 resident; $118 non-resident Activity #5923 Java Minecraft Modding: Custom Armor Entering Grades 3 to 8 Learn to modify Minecraft using Java and the Forge API and customize your gaming experience. Students will be introduced to coding concepts and learn how to use Eclipse, a professional tool to edit and debug code. At the end of class, take home your mods to share with family and friends. Bring a USB drive, drink, and snack to class. This class is held at Blaine City Hall, Cloverleaf Room B. June 26 and 27, 9AM – 2PM $108 resident; $118 non-resident Activity #5924


Community Outings Minnetonka Boat Cruise Wednesday, July 11 9:30AM – 3:30PM, $65 Goin’ Out Country Wednesday, August 15 9:45AM – 3:15PM, $73 Treasure Island Casino Monday, June 11 8:30AM – 4:30PM, $7 (includes $3 food coupon) All community outings depart from and return to the Mary Ann Young Senior Center located at 9150 Central Avenue and include motor coach transportation. Times include pick up and return. Outings include lunch and ticket unless noted otherwise. Visit or call 763-785-6164 or 763-786-9345 for more detailed information.



Adult Fitness & Dance with QC Dance Studio

Zumba Thursdays, 7:15 – 8PM #1: June 7 – July 19, Activity #5991 #2: August 2 – 30, Activity #5992 $30 resident; $33 non-resident Zumba Gold Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8PM #1: June 6 – July 18, Activity #5993 #2: August 1 – 29, Activity #5994 $30 resident; $33 non-resident Country Two-Step Thursdays, 8 – 9PM #1: June 7 – 28, Activity #5995 #2: August 9 – 30, Activity #5996 $40 resident; $44 non-resident Adult Ballet Wednesdays, 8 – 9PM #1: June 13 – July 18, Activity #5997 #2: July 25 – August 29, Activity #5998 $45 resident; $49 non-resident

For detailed descriptions and to register, visit website at or call 763-784-6164.

To mark the start of the “Dog Days of Summer”, Blaine is hosting BARK IN THE PARK! Thursday, August 9 5 – 8PM Aquatore Dog Park Bring your favorite four-legged friend and visit with companies and non-profit groups specializing in dogs. We will have vaccinations and nail trimming available, “Ask The Vet”, and dog merchandise for sale at the vendor booths.

Summer Concert Series

JUN 13 North Suburban Concert Band 6:30pm Town Square 20 Teddy Bear Band, children’s 6:30pm Town Square 27 Vinnie Rose, variety 6:30pm Town Square JUL 11 Steve V. and Knockouts, blues 6:30pm Town Square 13 The Alphabits, children’s 10:30am Aquatore 17 Family Fun Night, free games, food 6:00pm Aquatore 18 The Resistors, variety 6:30pm Town Square 20 Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle, & Jam, children’s 10:30am Aquatore 25 QC Dance, dance recital 6:30pm Town Square 26 Wendinger Band, polka 6:00pm Aquatore 27 The Bazillions, children’s 10:30am Aquatore AUG 1 Jam Hops Dance Connection 6:30pm Town Square 3 Tricia and the Toonies, children’s 10:30am Aquatore 8 Echoes of Elvis, tribute 6:30pm Town Square 9 The Backyard Band, Bark in the Park 6:00pm Aquatore 10 Bob the Beachcomber, children’s 10:30am Aquatore 15 Tim Patrick & His Blue Eyes Band, Sinatra 6:30pm Town Square 17 Kids Dance, children’s dance party 10:30am Aquatore 22 Minnesota Blue, bluegrass 6:30pm Town Square

You and your dog can also enjoy the Pup-arazzi photo booth, caricatures, food trucks, music by the Backyard Band, and MORE! Dog licenses are available on site with proof of vaccination. For more information, visit

Blaine City Parking Lot 10801 Town Square Drive Beginning June 6 - August 29 Wednesdays, 3 to 7PM For a list of vendors, visit FarmersMarket

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105th Avenue

Reconstruction Update

105th Avenue Update

The contractor started back to work this spring on the 105th Avenue project. They will complete the installation of all of the utilities and are preparing to complete the northern lanes of the street the beginning of June. A separate landscaping contract has been awarded that will add plantings to the medians and both Plan and the street roundabouts. Concept This contract Blaine, Minnesota contract are both on schedule to be completed 01/17/2018 | 02907-000 by July 13th prior to the USA Cup soccer event at the NSC. The 105th Avenue reconstruction project includes two through lanes in each direction as well as raised medians with dedicated left turn lanes at critical intersections. The design also includes two three-leg roundabouts; one will be constructed at the main access to the south campus of the National Sports Center and the other at the new access to the National Sports Center north campus. Continue to view the project status by visiting the city’s webpage for the most current information, visit


Blaine BizConnect - Summer 2018  


Blaine BizConnect - Summer 2018