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Blaine BizConnect January 2020

Blaine BizConnect is a monthly e-newsletter to keep you up to date on development happenings in the City of Blaine. From commercial to industrial to residential, Blaine is one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota and always has new and exciting projects on the horizon.

In this newsletter, you will learn about featured developments, groundbreakings, grand openings, new businesses coming to Blaine, and recent approvals by the Blaine City Council.

Blaine, MN Development Decade in Review

A Decade of Development in Blaine

The end of another decade has come and these milestones create an opportunity to see what has changed in the last 10 years. In Blaine, much has changed.

There are many more people living in Blaine than 10 years ago. With nearly 3,000 new single family homes, hundreds of new apartment units, and several new senior housing projects Blaine’s population grew by approximately 18 percent over the last decade. Blaine was in the top 10 in the metro area suburbs for both new residential permits and new units each year.

Blaine has certainly seen an influx in young families and two new elementary schools have been built as enrollment levels increased. At the same time Blaine’s population also aged considerably. In Blaine 23 percent of households now have at least one person who is 65 or older. The 65 and over portion of Blaine’s population now makes up 12 percent of the total population, back in 2010 only 8 percent of Blaine’s population was over 65.

New parks have been built, including the Lexington Athletic Complex and Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. The National Sports Center, Four Seasons Curling Club at Fogerty Arena, and the TPC of the Twin Cities have all hosted major international events.

Much more including a look at business growth, job growth, and household income growth is available at

Recent City Council Approvals

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Renovation Church

Renovation Church received approvals for a new church to be located at 12390 Fraizer Street NE, just north of the new Kwik Trip at 122nd Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Renovation Church currently operates out of Northpoint Elementary School. The proposed church is 20,865 square feet and can accommodate up to 480 people per service. The building will also have six classrooms, a common area, and staff offices. Construction is anticipated this spring. 
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Public Storage

Public Storage received approvals for an expansion of their storage facility located at 11421 Ulysses Street NE, just south of the Wal-Mart on Highway 65. Public Storage will be adding 1,120 units within two climate controlled, single story buildings. Construction is anticipated to begin this spring.

Rendering of a Lexington Cove home

Lexington Cove

Lennar Corporation received approvals for a 97-lot single family subdivision called Lexington Cove located a 12847 Lexington Avenue (east of Lexington Avenue and north of Main Street). The builder is proposing various types of homes with over 20 potential elevations. Prices will range between $335,000 and $420,000. Development of the site is expected this spring.   

Oakwood Ponds Fourth Addition

The developer of Oakwood Ponds received final plat approval for the fourth addition. This addition includes 26 single family lots and 6 detached townhome (villa) lots. This subdivision is located just east of Lever Street, north of Main Street.

Recent Business Openings

Planet Fitness opened two new Blaine locations at the former Gander Mountain off Highway 65 and next to At Home in The Village.

X-Golf recently opened at Northtown Mall. X-Golf has six golf simulators with a restaurant and bar. 

UMI Sushi and Habachi located in the former Kintaro space at the National Market Center.

Kwik Trip opened their fifth location in Blaine at 117th Avenue and Ulysses Street. 

The City of Blaine celebrated the opening of the new Mary Ann Young Center in Aquatore Park, which replaces the original senior center facility built in 1982. A formal grand opening event will be held on February 20 from 4-7PM.

Recent Groundbreakings

Aveda solar project solar panels at angle

Aveda Solar Project

Aveda began installation of a 3.8 acre solar array at the corner of Pheasant Ridge Drive and Lexington Avenue. The array is expected to operate for over 20 years and provide the business with more than 50 percent of its annual electrical needs.

North Central Plaza

Nottingham Construction recently broke ground on North Central Plaza located at 11820 Ulysses Street NE. The proposed 14,000 square foot building will have five tenant spaces for various service, retail, or office uses.

Blaine Business Council

Do you want to connect with other Blaine businesses and hear about updates in the community? The Blaine Business Council is open to all Blaine businesses and is held quarterly at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. Meeting start at 7:30AM and the dates for 2020 are January 23, April 23, July 9, and October 22. No RSVP is necessary and we hope you can attend.

For more information please visit the Metro North Chamber of Commerce website at

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Did You Know?

In 2019, 452 residential units were permitted ranking Blaine forth behind Minnetonka, Lakeville, and Shakopee. Nearly $110 million was added in value as a result of residential construction in 2019. Blaine’s most active year in recent memory for residential construction was 2004 when over 1,000 units were permitted.

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan which is a document that guides future land use and development in the city has classified much of the north and northeast portions of Blaine for residential development. This classification allows private property owners to sell land to residential developers for development when utilities are made available. A decision was made in 2002 by the city council to allow for the extension of utilities to all portions of Blaine, therefore allowing Blaine to become a fully developed community in the future.

More Information

This newsletter is brought to you by the Blaine Community Development department. Find more online at

Erik Thorvig
Community Development Director

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