Our View: City development requires patience
News of Culver’s pulling out of its land deal with the City of New Richmond dealt a disappointing blow to those who hope for the community to continue to grow, including Mayor Fred Horne, City Administrator Mike Darrow and Community Development Director Beth Thompson.
Despite the high-profile setback, the City of New Richmond still has plenty going for it, including retaining the businesses that are already here.
Fitzgerald Lawn Care and the Hair Company are set to move into newly constructed buildings on the city’s south side later this spring.
Even though Subway has decided to not build a new shop at the corner of North Knowles Avenue and High Street, it has purchased the building at its current location and plans a renovation.
The St. Croix County government’s purchase of the long-vacant County Market grocery store and its renovation into the county’s new Health & Human Services facility will ensure more than 150 jobs stay in the New Richmond community.
Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) has been busy this month testing its state-of-the-art aviation engines at the Mojave Air and Space Port in the California desert. Once all the required approvals are granted and the necessary investments are secured, EPS is poised for a growth explosion here.
As for luring new development, Maurices and Dollar Tree have gone up along Hamilton Avenue, and Willow River Chiropractic and a Chinese buffet restaurant occupy space just across Knowles.
In addition, John Moore of Barley John’s Brew Pub of New Brighton, Minn., has secured a loan from the federal Small Business Administration and is poised to build a new production brewery with a taproom at the corner of Madison Avenue and Wisconsin Drive.
All this is happening now, and the St. Croix Crossing is still two years away from completion.