Road Construction Worries: You Can Still Get To Osseo!

Minnesota is well-known for two seasons – the never-ending winter season and, of course, road construction season. This year, ground zero for both seasons is right here in Osseo. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has begun construction at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 30 (93rd Avenue) to include some much needed improvements. Construction even started before the snow has had a chance to melt. Bright orange road construction signs are a real barrier to those who use the familiar north entrance into Osseo. While the interchange is in dire need of a face lift, doing so cuts off an important access point for the City of Osseo.

Rest assured, Osseo is still accessible – it just takes a little more planning. Many years ago, Jefferson Highway was the main thoroughfare in and out of Osseo. This familiar road still passes right through downtown Osseo – we just call it Central Avenue.

From the north (and south), Old Jefferson Highway provides a true path into the heart of Osseo. From Anoka and points north, exit Highway 169 earlier at 109th Avenue in Champlin and head west. Just a few hundred feet away, turn left (south) onto Old Jefferson Highway. About 5 minutes later (after flying over Interstate 610) you will be cheering as you arrive at the edge of Osseo.

To borrow a line from a popular commercial – “That was easy!”

Fear not, however, if you happen to be riding with one of those distracted drivers and miss the 109th Street turn. Continue on down Highway 169 to the off-ramp at 85th Avenue. Stay left on the off-ramp and look for signs to County Road 81 North. Two right turns later and you are in Osseo on the southeast side.

Road construction can be a barrier for residents and visitors of Osseo. Many times the city gets cut off during much needed infrastructure improvements. But we’re here to help guide you right to our downtown businesses, regardless of construction detours. You can always get more information from our website, which outlines the project, provides updates and schedules, and contact information should you have any questions or concerns. So set Osseo, Minnesota as a destination in your GPS and come by to visit! You’re always welcome in Osseo.

Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo

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A Blog About…City of Osseo Blogs!

Welcome to the City of Osseo Blog! We recently updated our website, which included a host of new features coupled with a better overall user experience. With that, came the opportunity to better communicate with Osseo residents, business owners, and visitors to our city. We’ve recently undertaken a sweeping new social media campaign designed to engage residents and businesses owners on City events, City news, and various other updates. After all, an informed public and a happy public!

From time to time, City of Osseo staff will post blogs on a number of issues. These can range from brief project updates to more in depth City issues. All are designed to get people talking about what is happening in the City of Osseo. The City of Osseo has partnered with Prime Advertising, a local company specializing in communication and marketing, to produce an informative blog site which City staff keep up to date. If you find yourself with more questions after reading a blog post, do not hesitate to contact City staff to talk. We’re ALWAYS open for discussions.

Additionally, if you are on Facebook and/or Twitter, we invite you to Like us and follow us. Facebook and Twitter are just two more easy (and cheap!) ways that municipalities can connect and communicate with it’s citizens. Please be sure to Like us on Facebook (facebook.com/pages/discover-osseo) and follow us on Twitter (@CityofOsseo).

Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo

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Upgraded City of Osseo Website

As the City of Osseo continues to grow and evolve, the time has come for a re-vamped Osseo website. Starting April 1, the newly updated Discover Osseo website will go live, incorporating a host of new tools, more information, and a refreshing new look. The City of Osseo has partnered with Prime Advertising, a local company who specializes in media relations, to develop an updated website which will provide users with a more enhanced experience. Changes include more information, better website navigation, and an overall upgraded feel to the website. Have a question about City services? You can easily find the answer on our new website. Need contact information? You can easily find that as well. Need to pay a utility bill or find out about upcoming City events? Yep, you can get all of that, and much more, on our new website. City Staff is proud of the new website and urges all residents and visitors to check out our new website! Please visit www.discoverosseo.com to check it out.

Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo

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Five Central Apartment Development

The City of Osseo is very excited to announce that we have partnered with The Beard Group to break ground on a new 71-unit, market rate, apartment complex on the Block 6 redevelopment site. The Beard Group expects to break ground in the summer of 2013 on the project, which will be located just north of City Hall, between 5th Street NW and 6th Street NW. The complex will include a wide range of apartment sizes (from studio to 3-bedrooms), include underground heated parking, community amenities (such as a community room and community outdoor patio), and high grade finishes throughout.Osseo News

The project will be broken into two phases. Phase 1 will involve the 71-units planned on the western half of the block. Leasing is expected to commence in the summer of 2014. The apartments will be market rate units and include high end finishes throughout. Phase 2, expected to begin in 2015, will extend the building all the way to Central Ave, adding another 40 to 50 units.

The construction of the apartment complex is in reaction to a very strong rental market, as well as some nearby commercial development which will bring thousands of new residents to the northwest metro area. The Beard Group expects to move forward with Phase 2, given the already strong support for the initial phase of the project.

For more information on the project, please visit www.discoverosseo.com, under the What’s New section, or contact our staff at City Hall.

Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo

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