Construction continues to alter the landscape in the lakes area at a steady clip.
This past week the old Riedl Travel Service building was torn down and tenants and business owners settled into the new building. The space in the demolition zone will be turned into a parking area, which is expected to be paved next spring.
The businesses formerly housed in the old Riedl building have moved into their facilities Nor-son Inc. constructed on the back of the lot. Alice and G. Pat Smith bought the Riedl Travel Agency from Universal Pensions in 1992.
Alice Smith said late last week that a few touches and details remain to be completed but she is pleased with how the project turned out. Tenants, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Edward Jones investments and Hair 'Ns Things moved into the building and there is still space for an additional tenant in space that could be divided to suit a prospect.
Smith said they moved in Nov. 4. Riedl Travel is also adjusting to new computers and a new phone system. The Smiths also own the Video Update building, which will remain on the corner.
Construction continues on several major projects in the lakes area.
Culver's restaurant in Baxter is continuing to take shape. The restaurant is expected to open in February. The Hawthorne Suites, just off Highway 210 across from Home Depot in Baxter, is expected to open this month and could be ready about Nov. 22.
The North Pointe Centre, now being built by Kuepers Construction along Highway 371 in Baxter near Best Buy, is expected to be completed in January. Some of the businesses in the center will open in mid-December. One space is still waiting for a tenant. But the other five spaces will be occupied by Godfather's Pizza, Computer 1 Technologies Solutions and its spin-off business Syvantis Technologies and the Baja Tortilla Grill.
The Baja Tortilla Grill is an 80-seat family oriented fresh-food Mexican restaurant owned and operated by Paul and Janet Anderson, Staples.
The steel skeleton is up at the Johnson Centre on Golf Course Road in Baxter. The center is a $3,780,000, three-story, 42,000 square-foot multi-tenant office building.
And at the East Brainerd Mall, Birgit's Jewelers and Great Clips are open in the new strip mall. Carbone's Pizzeria has a sign up saying opening soon.
The Hallmark store is open next to Cub Foods and work is still progressing on the actual East Brainerd Mall site. Signs are up for the Northern National Bank site at the strip mall. The Ben Franklin store has it's going out-of-business signs up.
Earlier this summer mall developers said they were talking with Cellular One and a video store for the other strip mall spots. And mall developers were also talking with prospects for a Chinese restaurant and with a national dollar store chain for space in the East Brainerd Mall.
Highway 210 construction work that will begin next spring will also change a few things as the Minnesota Department of Transportation is negotiating with business owners along Washington Street as property is consumed for turn lanes and improved turn radius. Deerwood Bank is expected to move its sign and MnDOT is talking with Tanner Motors about moving display lot lights. MnDOT reports they are not taking a specific path but are talking to owners along the way who will be affected in varying degrees.
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