New manufacturer set for Baxter industrial park after council nod

The decision paves the way for the construction of a Tri-Ven facility, which will include more than 50,000 square feet of manufacturing for the rotational molding company.

Architectural-engineering blueprints of the proposed Tri-Ven facility to be built off 7790 Hastings Drive. Image courtesy of the city of Baxter
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Baxter could be getting a new industrial hub and a host of jobs with the construction of a new Tri-Ven facility on the Avantech property on Hastings Road.

By approving a replatting of the property during its virtual meeting May 18, the Baxter City Council paved the way for an addition to the Avantech property at 7790 Hastings Road including an outlot portion, as well as the addition of more than 50,000 square feet and associated development agreements to build a new facility there. Outlots are undeveloped properties, often unconnected to roadways, that developers designate for future construction.

The proposal, billed as a sixth step in the development of the Baxter industrial park, phase three, passed with a unanimous 5-0 vote. Tri-Ven is a rotational molding company. Avantech is a manufacturer that specializes in industrial water treatment solutions.

The proposal was unique, Community Development Director Josh Doty said, because it incorporated an outlot to be attached to the Avantech property so the addition wouldn’t violate a tax increment financing agreement, or TIF district, in effect until 2026.

Council member John Ward questioned why a portion of the proposal stipulated parking spots that may or may not be built in time, to which Doty responded developers wanted to keep plans somewhat flexible so they don’t have unnecessary pavement and, thus, unnecessary gray space and associated upkeep. The new addition would include the southern portion of the property currently occupied by Hubbard Radio.


During council comments on the issue, Mayor Darrel Olson lauded the project as a fine addition and jobs-creator for the region.

“Pretty exciting,” Olson said. “Here’s another 50,000 square feet of manufacturing in our industrial park. Good jobs. We appreciate the working relationship with our staff to get that project to where it is today, so that's very exciting.”

In addition, the council approved a development agreement, stormwater maintenance agreement, and limited use agreement with Avantech for the Tri-Ven addition.

In other business, the council:

Approved the appointment of Joseph Niklaus at $13 per hour to the seasonal position of park attendant.

Approved a development agreement, stormwater maintenance agreement, and limited use agreement with Jimmy John’s for 14244 Dellwood Drive, where they’re renovating the property for a new location. Jimmy John’s is proposing to install three new sewer and water lines off Universal Road, which necessitates the agreements.

Approved a development agreement with Retail Partners Baxter LLC, subject to conditions stipulated by the utilities commission. With the addition of Jersey Mike’s to the Baxter Retail North Development on Edgewood Drive, portions of the property are being replatted and reconfigured. Historically, the practice was to require the developer to install separate sewer and water services to each tenant on the property, but Retail Partners Baxter LLC communicated it would be a financial hardship to connect sewer to the mainline, so they proposed to connect the lines to nearby properties. The developer has agreed to take on any liabilities with this plan.

Adopted the startup standard operating procedure for MicroChlor that directs staff in efforts to disinfect the city’s water supply with a MicroChlor system, which is a necessary measure to compensate for the city’s currently inoperational water treatment facility.


Approved an SEH proposal for professional services to update city code to be able to monitor water transfers between Brainerd Public Utilities and the city’s conveyance facility so long as the water treatment facility is offline. This would require a charge of $17,500 to be made to the city.

Approved a 20-year lift station maintenance plan. The maintenance plan provides the city with a means to plan, budget and prioritize future improvements and includes anticipated costs from 2021 through 2041 for its array of lift stations. Anticipated cost for 2021 is $283,980; 2022 is $262,335; 2023 is $157,335; 2024 is $172,335; and 2025 is $187,335.

Accepted a traffic speed study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for Isle Drive. The study recommends posting a limit of 40 mph for the stretch of road between the intersection of County Highway 48 to approximately 1,500 feet southwest of the intersection with Falcon Drive. The study also recommends posting a speed limit of 30 mph between approximately 1,500 feet southwest of the intersection with Falcon Drive and the intersection with Glory Road.

Approved a pair of conditional use permits for grading shoreland areas in relation to a shoreline restoration improvement project for properties located on the 14000 block of Memorywood Drive and the 5700 block of Sandstone Road.

Approved a special event permit for North Memorial Health Ambulance, which hosted a private EMS Week event for invited guests May 20 at 7588 Industrial Park Road.

Approved the purchase of Pictometry aerial imagery. Since 2010, the city has acquired high-resolution aerial photography from Pictometry every three years as part of a collaborative project with Crow Wing County. The project cost for 3-inch resolution neighborhood aerial imagery covering Baxter is $10,800 for each three-year project for a total project cost of $21,600, which is payable in six annual installments of $3,600.

Approved a quality flow equipment proposal for lift station No. 14 in the amount of $57,400. The proposal states Quality Flow Systems Inc. will supply two pumps, control panel, two aluminum access hatches, pump base elbows, submersible pressure transducer, two backup floats and accessories for the reconstruction of lift station No. 14.

Approved assessments for the 2021 mill and overlay and full-depth reclamation improvements project. The total estimated cost of the improvements is $2,401,214.62. The portion of the cost to be paid by the city is estimated to be $1,394,950.12 and the portion of the cost to be assessed to benefitting property owners is $1,006,264.49.


Approved a bid from Knife River Corp.-North Central in the amount of $1,586,904 for the completion of the 2021 mill and overlay and full-depth reclamation improvements project.

Directed staff to continue negotiations after a closed session to discuss talks to purchase three parcels off Oakwood Drive in Baxter currently owned by Camp Vanasek.

GABRIEL LAGARDE may be reached at or 218-855-5859. Follow at .
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