Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Council OKs scope for environmental study of former FMC site on East River Road in Fridley.
The man with a plan for the commercial redevelopment of what's thought to be the largest single available industrial site in Minnesota calls a Fridley City Council action last week "a major hurdle." That's according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, which took stock of the project' progress in an article last week, after the council approved the Alternative Urban Area-wide Review (AUAR) Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) Scoping Document for the redevelopment of 122 acres at the former FMC Munitions Facility property along East River Road, in Fridley's southwest corner: "We think this is a major hurdle needed in the process for us to make this redevelopment happen," said Paul Hyde, the principal of Hyde Development who is…
Monday, February 11, 2013
The council holds a public hearing at its meeting Monday about environmental study of the FMC site BAE Systems now occupies. See the council agenda here for other matters under discussion.
What should the public know about environmental issues at the East River Road industrial site where BAE Systems is located before a planned redevelopment gets underway? The Fridley City Council will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, to discuss that question. The next item on the council's agenda is whether to approve the Scoping Document for the Alternative Urban Area-Wide Review (AUAR) at the site, also known as the FMC site. See the draft AUAR for the FMC site here. The council will also vote on a new map for approved locations for cell phone towers and conduct other city business, including zoning code concerning home-based businesses (see agenda below or in detail in PDF). A special Fridley City …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Pollution on Fridley Superfund site at issue in redevelopment, as KARE 11 reported Tuesday.
Wednesday is the deadline for public comment on an environmental study of the former FMC site on East River Road in Fridley, where BAE Systems is located. A planned redevelopment there, announced 11 months ago, was the subject of a KARE 11 report Tuesday night. The project would convert a Superfund site into new industrial, office and even retail uses. In an email earlier this month, City of Fridley's Community Development Director Scott Hickok said FMC is the biggest single industrially-zoned site up for redevelopment in Minnesota. "It is 122 acres, with 1.6 to 1.8 million square feet of proposed future development to replace the 2 million square feet of building that exists," according to Hickok. Hickok also praised the project's prime …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Luis Hernandez is one of the trade magazine's “40 under Forty” people to watch.
An employee at a Fridley business has earned national attention from a major trade publication. Aviation Week & Space Technology recently named BAE Systems engineer Luis Hernandez to its list of "40 under Forty"—"rising stars" who "possess an exceptional combination of great leadership skills, technical prowess and business acumen, along with a firm conviction that 'good enough' is never good enough." Luis Hernandez Senior Staff Engineer, BAE Systems, Age 37 Luis Hernandez has devoted his career to the development of game-changing directed-energy weapon systems. Today, he has primary responsibility for the development of a technologically advanced and unique weapon system with numerous potential military applications. He has championed …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Three Fridley firms helped build Metro Transit's new hybrid-electric bus.
If you see a blue bus on University Avenue, Central Avenue/Highway 65 or 53rd Avenue, hop on. It's Metro Transit's newest hybrid electric bus, and rides are free this week. You don't have to pay the fare on the blue Route 10U bus during its first week in regular service, which started Monday, Sept. 10. The bus made its debut on display at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair. This is how Metro Transit talks up its latest model: Unlike other buses, even some hybrids, the Xcelsior uses super efficient All Electric components, many that eliminate power-sucking hydraulic systems. Instead, itt uses an all Electric HVAC system, electric power steering rather than hydraulic and an electric air compressor to power pneumatic accessories like doors and …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A rebuilt structure at BAE Systems was the most expensive repair.
How badly did the May 22, 2011 tornado hit Fridley's commercial buildings? Ron Julkowski, City of Fridley commercial building official, said 90 percent of repairs have been completed, though the city is waiting on insurance claims adjusters to make a final determination on pricing and damages for the remaining jobs. “It was mainly roofs and very minor constructional stuff,” Julkowski said. “An overhanging roof, a tree limb through the rafters, that’s mainly been the extent in Fridley. It was wind and blown down trees, basically.” Julkowski said the City of Minneapolis waterworks, located on East River Road in far southwest Fridley, suffered roof brick damage from flying debris. Many industrial buildings along Main Street NE saw damage too…
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Developer eyes 140-acre site on East River Road in Fridley.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Update (Monday, 1:30 p.m.): City of Fridley Community Development Director Scott Hickok offered details via email about news of a tentative redevelopment deal for the BAE Systems site on East River Road: The HRA will be discussing this item on April 5th and the City Council will hold its hearing on the establishment of the TIF district for this project on April 9th. At this time our staff continues to analyze the details of the project, while they prepare to make their recommendation to the HRA and City Council (which will be at the respective April meetings). This is a project that was brought to us by its Developer, Paul Hyde, Real Estate Recycling. Though the City designated this site as, Redevelopment District in its most recent …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
U.S. Senator makes Fridley a stop on 'Made in America' tour.
Boring Machine Corporation in Fridley will be the first stop on a tour of Minnesota manufacturing companies that U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN) is making on Thursday. The Fridley firm is the kind of success story Klobuchar is seeking to highlight with the tour, according to her spokesman Ross Corson. "Despite the economic difficulties, there are Minnesota companies that are adding new workers," Corson said. Theresa Bloedow, controller at Boring Machine, confirmed claims about the company contained in a Klobuchar news release Wednesday morning: The company, incorporated in 1970, expanded earlier this year, adding a second Fridley location off of Main Street NE. Boring Machine makes precision parts for customers in the medical, aerospace…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Fridley plant was a stop on the quilt's national tour, the Star Tribune reports.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Workers at the Fridley plant will design and build a prototype for the U.S. Army's new Combat Ground Vehicle.
- On WCCO-TV
Tuesday, August 30, 2011