By Gabe Licht
While construction season is winding down, three projects in Delano are going strong.
Most notably, progress is being made on the turn lanes for the West Metro Business Park.
“Within a week or two, we’ll be completely done with the infrastructure construction west of town,” Delano City Administrator Phil Kern said.
Construction on that project began in February, as the utilities needed to be run from three-quarters of a mile to the south.
It began to take shape as dirt was moved throughout the spring.
After nine years of planning, Kern is pleased to see the project coming to fruition.
“When I drive out there, it’s remarkable how much space there is and what an asset this will be for our community,” Kern said.
Another asset will be the 54-room GrandStay Hotel at the intersection of Highway 12 and 13th Street.
Gordon James Construction, of Maple Plain, is expected to finish construction of the hotel by March or April 2015.
“Everything is going great,” Gordon James President Joe McPherson said. “We’re getting great weather.”
Roof trusses are expected to be up by the end of the week.
“Once we get it watertight, we’ll start working on the inside,” McPherson said. “We’re ahead of schedule, so that’s good.”
The general public seems to be taking notice.
“It’s obviously highly visible on the corner. We have people swinging by every day asking about it,” McPherson said.
Another local business is getting a makeover, as the barn-shaped Dairy Queen is changing its facade and also converting from a restaurant to a “Grill ‘n Chill,” which will offer table service.
“We’re ready for the big move now that we’re doing the remodel,” said Alicia Haukos, who owns the business with her husband, Josh.
Reconstruction of the front of the building should be done by mid-November. The finished look of the restaurant will include neon lighting outside, a picnic area and a wrought iron fence around the front area. Work on those features will take place in the spring.