Dan's News & Views Blog
Dan’s News & Views Blog: November/December 2018
30 November 2018
2018: New Commercial & Industrial Development
Associated Bank – 403 W 4th Street
The new Associated Bank building celebrated their grand opening on Monday, November 18th. Construction on the new 2,900 square-foot building began March of 2018. The next phase of the project includes demolishing the old bank building and construction of drive-through lanes.
Ethos – 1499 Hay Creek Valley Road
Located at the bottom of Neal Street and Hay Creek Valley Road, Ethos Physical Therapy and Performance Training Facility opened for business in June of 2018. The 3,680 square-foot building started construction in May 2018.
Leeson Lane Solar Garden – 6380 Leeson Lane
Red Wing is home to three solar gardens, the most recent being the Leeson Lane Solar Garden. The 4.4 megawatt solar garden is located on 39.31 acres at the top of Leeson Lane. The project is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed by late Spring of 2019.
Neufeldt Industrial Services – 2568 Eagle Ridge Drive
Neufeldt Industrial Services is expanding their operations with a 7,260 square-foot addition to their approximately 17,400 square-foot existing building. The addition will allow for larger equipment and fabricating jobs. Construction began in May of 2018 and is expected to be completed in early 2019.
Office Building – 3155 South Service Drive
Located behind the new CCF Bank Building, this new 5,040 square-foot, single story office building began construction in August of 2018. The outer shell of the building was completed in November and once leased, the interior will be built to spec.
3M Fall Protection in Red Wing Named Outstanding Disability Employer
Nominated by ProAct, Inc., 3M Fall Protection was named an Outstanding Disability Employer by the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation, MOHR, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. This valuable partnership with ProAct, Inc. is being recognized as a model for other employers.
“Employers who hire individuals with disabilities and work crews are important partners in our efforts to provide person-centered services that improve people’s lives in Minnesota,” said Julie Johnson, president of MOHR. “The 3M staff works with ProAct job coaches to bring out the highest potential in each person,” said Joyann Johnson, a designated coordinator for ProAct in Red Wing. A sizable work crew assembles parts for numerous types of safety equipment used by linemen, bridge builders and other professionals. 3M Focus Factory Leader Dustin Rassier said ProAct crews provide top notch work. “We are sending out product that ultimately has somebody’s life in the balance, so we depend on quality products going out the door,” said Rassier. “They fit right in with our culture.”
Keller-Baartman Rental Housing Development
In October of 2018, the Advisory Planning Commission and City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit request by Keller-Baartman Properties to construct two new apartment buildings totaling 186 units on vacant property located at the Southeast corner of Tyler Road South and Hewitt Boulevard.
The project is divided into two phases; Phase 1 – the eastern half of the site includes 108 general occupancy rental units and Phase 2, the western half of the site, includes 78 senior rental units. Phase 1 construction will begin in early 2019 and be completed in 2020.
Red Wing Banners Art Corridor
Main Street’s light poles now adorn banners that spotlight Red Wing’s history and character. Fabric Banners on the sides of Main Street (Hwy 61) include city themes – Nature, Arts, History, Commerce, and Welcome. These themes are presented in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Dakota, and the languages of our Sister Cities in China, Japan, and Norway. Between the fabric theme banners are unique and original metal banners like one in the pictured in the photo on the left.
The Banners Art Corridor is a cooperative venture among Downtown Main Street, The Jones Family Foundation, Red Wing Area Fund and the City of Red Wing. Design work for the banners was done by Wendy Amundson of Night Owl Graphics, and the metal banners were produced by Curly’s Welding, both businesses located in Red Wing.
Dan Rogness, Red Wing Community Development Director