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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Top 6 Reasons to Start a Business in Osseo

As the economy continues to grind along into the recovery phase, entrepreneurs are seeking new places to set up businesses. The City of Osseo is an ideal location to start place your business, and here’s why:

1)      Osseo is smack-dab in the middle of two very large communities in the northwest Twin Cities Metro area. To the east is Brooklyn Park and to the west is Maple Grove. Both cities boast populations of 60,000 people each. If you are looking for customers, they are all around us!

2)      The landlords in Osseo offer very competitive and affordable lease rates. Compare them to Main Street in Maple Grove or downtown Brooklyn Park and you will find there is more value per square foot in Osseo than almost anywhere in the northwest metro.

3)      Build your own facility on one of the existing properties currently available through the Osseo Economic Development Authority (EDA). Need more than one lot? The EDA is eager to work with developers to find the right-sized parcel for your business.

4)      Buy an existing facility and remodel it to your liking. Osseo has a few existing properties and buildings just waiting for someone to come up and upgrade them. If you don’t see any ‘For Sale’ signs, stop by City Hall and talk to the staff. They always know what is happening around town.

5)      Everybody knows your name – Just like when you were a kid, Osseo is that small community where people still walk instead of drive and pause on a street corner just to chat and catch up. If you spend any amount of time in this quaint community, people will know your name!

6)      Work here…live here.  Active development projects are bringing more and more people into town every year. Apartments are filling up and houses that go on the market sell quickly. Is your family looking for that perfect neighborhood to call home? It’s waiting for you here in Osseo. Excellent community services and a thriving school district make Osseo an ideal place to raise a family.

Starting a business in Osseo is easy and affordable. Just stop by City Hall and talk to our staff about how to get started. Bring your ideas, strategies and, of course, your business plan. Start your business in Osseo and be part of a community where everyone knows your name!

Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo

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