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Baxter Council approves plans for Falcon Drive construction in August

Work continues on two sites where office buildings are going up, earth is being moved on the Nystrom & Associates site and the structure in the back is for the McDermott dental office. The office buildings are on either side of the future intersection with Falcon Drive and Isle Drive in Baxter. Renee Richardson/Brainerd Dispatch.

BAXTER - With two office buildings going up on either side of a future Falcon Drive this summer, Baxter City Council members heard the plans and costs for the city street.

The council approved the project after hosting a public hearing. No one from the public gathered for the Tuesday council meeting spoke at the hearing.

A future Falcon Drive intersection will connect with Isle Drive, across from the Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center.

Trees have been cleared from the sites. McDermott Dental office is currently being constructed and earth is being moved for the Nystrom & Associates office building.

As part of the project, a hydrant on Isle Drive will be moved to make way for a 14-foot right turn lane onto Falcon Drive. The city is creating a stormwater treatment basin on property it purchased.

Falcon Drive is designed as a 44-foot paved street with curb and gutter and storm sewer and a right-of-way of 80 feet.

The city is covering the cost to create a pedestrian crossing on the west side of Falcon Drive.

Cost for the project is $175,190.

The city is paying for 64 percent of the storm basin costs and 100 percent of the right tune lane, hydrant extension.

Assessments for the other property owners is expected to be $38,896 for McDermott and $51,027 for Nystrom and Associates. The city is paying 49 percent of the costs.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-August and be completed by mid-September.

Falcon Drive is a short distance from the planned Isle Drive extension project slated for 2015.

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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