By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN Midwest Motion Products, a 14-year-old family-owned business that designs, manufactures, and distributes motion-controlled products for use in robotic and automated application, is one step closer to breaking ground in Howard Lake.
Howard Lake City Council approved the final Midwest Motion Products site plan at its meeting Tuesday.
The site plan meets all intents of zoning codes, and includes a landscape plan which meets allowable clearance for surface requirements, according to City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller.
The site plan includes a four-stall parking deferment, allowing for four more parking spaces to be added without any additional council action, if needed.
“If they increase in size, it’s not unreasonable to say they will need more stalls,” Haggenmiller said.
The site plan allows for two entrances, which are both accessible from Industrial Circle.
“The original plan included entrances from Commerce Street and Industrial Circle,” Haggenmiller stated.
The new plan allows for travel around the entire building, but resulted in less parking, Haggenmiller added.
Closing on the project is expected to take place Monday, June 2, and a ground breaking ceremony is expected soon, according to Haggenmiller.
“Midwest Motion has been wonderful to work with,” he added.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• reviewed and approved the 2014 Good Neighbor Days schedule;
• approved a liquor license renewal for the American Legion. The renewal will cost the Legion $2,200 total.
• approved a conditional use permit for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District. The permit allows for construction of the middle school.