Free Summer Fun in Maple Grove

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Do you need some fun, free outdoor entertainment this summer?  Town Green has entertainment for the whole family!  Mondays and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. come join us for music in the park.  We offer country, jazz, dance groups, electric rock, R & B, theatre and much more…  Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. we offer entertainment for the little ones and even the adults with family friendly entertainment like interactive music, DJ, dance and comedy. Fridays we offer Movies by Moonlight.  Movies start at sunset and we offer something for everyone!

Check out our Town Green Sounds of Summer Performance Schedule for dates and more program information.   Entertainment starts June 12 and runs through September 1.

Town Green is located at 7991 Main St in Maple Grove.  On street parking or ramp parking is available.  Concessions are available.

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Assessing Staff to View Properties in Quintile Areas

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State law requires the staff of the assessor’s office to view one-fifth of existing properties in the city each year; properties within the city are viewed at least once every five years.  The areas that are designated for this annual review are commonly referred to as the quintile area.

A postcard will be sent to property owners in the quintile area to notify home owners that staff appraisers will be conducting property reviews in their neighborhood.  Appraisers from the assessing office will begin these property reviews in May and these reviews will continue into the fall of 2017.  These property reviews will help determine the January 2, 2018 estimated market values for property taxes payable in 2019.

When an appraiser visits a home, they verify the accuracy of information used to estimate the market value of the property.  This includes the home size, age, style, condition, amenities, etc.  Appraisers have the responsibility to complete a thorough and equitable appraisal of each property by viewing the exterior and, if necessary, the interior of the home.  City appraisers always carry photo identification, issued by the City of Maple Grove.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s quintile, call the Maple Grove Assessing Office at (763) 494-6250.

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Community Development News

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What’s going on in Community Development?  As we are enjoying this beautiful Spring weather, we are seeing more applications coming in for development review.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dog-under-construction-image25649288Below is a listing of new commercial developments being considered or recently approved:

  • Gateway Retail: This is a proposal to construct a 4,045 s.f. retail building and, in part, infrastructure for a future 11,824 s.f. retail building.  Located at Outlot A and B,  Zachary Square Shopping Center.
  • EC North (CRAVE & Bank of America): This is a proposal to redeveloping an existing 5,537 s.f. sit down restaurant property with a 4,068 s.f. walk-up bank with a drive-thru ATM and a 7,029 sit down restaurant.  Located at 12730 Elm Creek Blvd.
  • Menards Expansion: This is a proposal to construct a 12,384 s.f warehouse addition.  Located at 16500 96th Ave N.
  • Maple Grove Senior High Tennis Courts: This is a proposal to reconstruct eight existing tennis courts.  Located at 9800 Fernbrook Ln.

houseHere are a few new residential developments coming to Maple Grove being considered or recently approved:

  • Mills Creek: This is a proposal to develop property into a 66 lot detached rental living community.   Located at 8600 Forestview Lane.
  • Waters Edge at Central Park 2nd Addition: This is a proposal to plat property into 67 attached single-family units.  Located at Central Park Way and Forestview Lane.
  • Applewood Pointe of Maple Grove at Arbor Lakes / SilverCreek on Main: This is a proposal to develop property into an approximate 100-unit senior cooperative, approximately 60-80 senior independent living and an approximately 60 bed long-term care facility.  Located at Kirkwood Lane and 82nd Avenue.
  • Donegal South: This is a proposal to reguide land from Regional Mixed Use to Medium Density Residential for the purpose of developing property into a 133 detached townhome development.  Located at 82nd Avenue and Hemlock Lane.
  • Hamlets at Rush Creek Second Addition:  This is a proposal to plat property into 26 single-family detached lots.  Located at Alvarado Ln and Xanthus Ln.

A good resource to get information directly e-mailed to you about the different Residential and Commercial projects that are going forward to the Planning Commission and City Council is to E-Subscribe to our Agendas and Minutes.  Our Agendas/Minutes are e-mailed out twice a month.  Click here to sign up.  There are other topics to sign-up for as well.

Dick Edwards, Community Development Director

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2017 Valuation and Classification Notice Mailing

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On March 20th, the City of Maple Grove will begin mailing the “2017 Valuation and Classification Notice” to property owners.

The notice provides information regarding the 2017 estimated market value and property classification for property taxes payable in 2018.

Minnesota law requires that all property be appraised at estimated market value for property tax purposes.  The market value represents a reasonable estimate of what your property may sell for on the open market based on market conditions and information relating to your specific property.

If a property owner believes the 2017 estimated market value and/or classification of their property has been determined incorrectly, they have the right to make an appeal.  Inquiries concerning valuation or property class should first be directed to the City of Maple Grove Assessor’s Office.  This is an important first step in the appeals process.

Any questions or concerns related to the 2017 assessed value or the classification of your property should be directed to the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office at (763) 494-6265 or by e-mailing assessing@maplegrovemn.gov .  The valuation notice and the city’s website contain specific instructions for formal appeal options.

Tim Mitchell, City Assessor

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Summer Employment Opportunities

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The weather is getting warmer and soon summer will be here in Maple Grove. Help play a critical role in keeping our City looking beautiful by working in Public Works, Parks and the Utility departments this summer. Positions duties include blacktopping, irrigation, weeding, planting, mowing, gardening, custodial work, grooming athletic fields and other maintenance related functions. Many of these positions are Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm and are available May-end of September.

Are you interested in contributing to the beautification of the green spaces in Maple Grove and working in an outdoor, fun environment? Parks and Recreation has many openings this summer at the Community Center, Town Green and in the new Central Park. Most of these positions are part-time and have varied hours, including days, evenings and weekends. Central Park will be hiring Park Attendants, Supervisors, Concession staff and outdoor maintenance positions. Our Town Green performance venue will be hiring Supervisors, Sound Technicians, Concession staff and Maintenance positions to work all outdoor performances and events. The Community Center is hiring pool lifeguards, Weaver Lake Beach lifeguards, T-Ball and Kickin’ Kids Instructors and many other summer positions.

To apply for these positions, visit the City of Maple Grove website, www.maplegrovemn.gov   and navigate to Job Opportunities, Current Job Openings. You will see all the open positions on this page, with varying application deadlines. You will need to set up an online account, then apply for any open positions as they become available. Make this a great summer by working outdoors to make the City beautiful!

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Membership Sale

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Save 15% on memberships during our March 10 – 14, 2017 membership sale!

Do you like to swim? We have a indoor, outdoor and lap pool. Do you like to shoot hoops? Maybe you need a place to let the kids run around and burn off some energy? The Maple Maze is a hit for kids ages 12 and under with four levels of climbing, a tree house, slides and more. Have you ever tried ice skating?  The Community Center is great for family, friends and fun!  Select from the All Building membership for all recreational areas or the Pool only membership.  We also have a Pickleball only membership!  The Pickleball membership gives you access to play pickleball at the Maple Grove Community Center and at the Community Gyms during open pickleball times. Pickleball is a mixture of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, pickleball has become one of the fastest growing sports in North America.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Check out our new 2017 prices and more information about memberships at our website or call 763-494-6508.

 

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2016 Water Use

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Maple Grove pumped about 2,813 Million Gallons of groundwater in 2016.  The maximum day use was about 19.59 MG on July 2, 2016; the average day use was about 7.71 MG.  The summer seasonal use is estimated at about 677.50 MG, which likely corresponds mostly to residential irrigation demand; there was also an increase in commercial and industrial demand during the summer months.  The attached chart shows that demand for water is flattening out, which can be attributed to water conservation efforts and maturing demographics.  The trend is favorable for delaying investment in the water system to meet future needs.

 

 

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Community Development News

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WinterWhat’s going on in Community Development?  As we say hello to a cold start of Winter, I’m hoping for a beautiful snowy landscape for all of us to enjoy. Despite the cold, there is still development going on.  Exciting to see the new Village at Arbor Lakes starting to build their first phase.  Also, with the cold I see the Central Park is getting a lot of people enjoying the Ice Skating Loop.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dog-under-construction-image25649288Below is a listing of new commercial developments being considered or recently approved:

  • Grove Circle Medical Building: This is a proposal to construct a 24,000 s.f. two-story Medical office building located next to the Cambria Suites.
  • Hy-Vee Maple Grove Addition: This is a proposal to plat property for the purpose of constructing a 96,000 s.f. grocery store with a 12,000 s.f. future expansion and 4,100 s.f. gas/convenient store and an outlot for future residential development.  Located at 99th Avenue and Maple Grove Parkway.
  • Schuler Shoes: This is a proposal to construct a 26,000 s.f. 2 story retail store and corporate office located at Elm Creek Blvd. and Fountains Drive.

houseHere are a few new residential developments coming to Maple Grove being considered or recently approved:

  • Cambridge Park Second Addition: This is a proposal to plat property into the final 54 units of a 94-unit townhouse neighborhood.   Located at 9675/9625 Lawndale Ln and 17650 Co. Rd. 30.
  • Elm Creek Estates: This is a proposal to develop a residential neighborhood consisting of approximately 98 apartment units and 69 row-style townhouse units.  Located at 13763-14033 Territorial Road.
  • The Woods at Rush Creek: This is a proposal to plat property into 73 single-family detached residential lot neighborhood.  Located South of the Rush Creek Golf Course.

A good resource to get information directly e-mailed to you about the different Residential and Commercial projects that are going forward to the Planning Commission and City Council is to E-Subscribe to our Agendas and Minutes.  Our Agendas/Minutes are e-mailed out twice a month.  Click here to sign up.  There are other topics to sign-up for as well.

Dick Edwards, Community Development Director

 

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New Online Homestead Application Process

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Maple Grove residents now have the option of applying for the homestead classification online through the Hennepin County website. In order to utilize this online service, the homestead applicant will need to create an “Online Services Account” with Hennepin County.

The following link will route you to the Hennepin County website where you can create an “Online Services Account” and begin the process of applying for the homestead classification online: https://homesteadapplication.hennepin.us.  The Maple Grove Assessing Department website also provides a link to the Hennepin County online homestead application process.

Maple Grove residents still have the ability to apply for the homestead classification in person, by mail or fax at the Maple Grove Government Center.

If you would like further information about the Homestead Classification, please contact the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office at (763) 494-6250.

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Try Something New This New Year!

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Do you have a New Year’s resolution?  How about taking a class to learn something new or taking a exercise class to get in shape!  Parks and Recreation offers numerous classes to fit your needs. Join a Yoga class to increase flexibility and restore a healthy, positive mind and body.  Join a oil painting class and complete an oil painting in just four sessions.   Maybe you have always wanted to learn how to use Facebook , G-Mail or graphics. We offer many computer classes geared towards seniors. Do you have active kids?  We offer great classes like dance, science, music, swim lessons and more to keep your kids creative, active and engaged.   Check out our 2017 Winter Parks and Recreation Brochure for more information and how to sign up. You are never to old (or young) to learn or try something new!yoga-trio

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