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Menards could open as early as April 4 in Bemidji, according to city building official Bill Barthelemy. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Menards to open in April; Commercial development in city is progressing, while residential construction is stagnant

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Menards is expected to open in less than two weeks.

Bill Barthelemy, building official for the city of Bemidji, gave a construction update this week to the Bemidji City Council on projects occurring throughout the city.

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Menards, to be located on the northwest side of town at the former site of Spaulding Motors, is planning to open April 5, Barthelemy reported.

However, the company might try to push that up to April 4, he noted.

There are just a few remaining needs at the site, such as emergency generator testing, that need to be accomplished, Barthelemy said.

Once open, the new signal lights outside of Menards on Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest will be activated.

Other commercial projects very close to complete are:

E Wells Fargo, Westridge branch, 2024 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. The business had undergone a new addition on the east side of the building with new offices and restrooms. Employees are operating now with a temporary certificate of occupancy. Some cleanup work and outside work remains to be finished this spring.

E Wells Fargo downtown drive-through underwent some interior remodeling which is nearly complete.

E The swimming pool at Bemidji State University had a complete cleanup done and some plumbing and remodeling work. New filters were installed.

E Paul Bunyan Transit's expansion, 706 Railroad St. S.E., is all but complete. Thanks to a $1 million grant, Paul Bunyan Transit was able to put up a new building to house, among other things, 12b buses and a bus wash. The administration area also was remodeled.

Projects still under construction are:

E The Bemidji Regional Airport's ongoing airport terminal construction project is on schedule and is moving along. The terminal is enclosed and crews are working on some wall work now.

E Harmony Natural Foods Co-op is moving to a new location at 302 Irvine Ave. N.W. which will triple the size of its retail space. It is expected to open in June.

E A 12-plex, being done by Bob Whelan, is being constructed at the intersection of 26th Street Northwest and Irvine Avenue North.

E The old Mercantile property at the intersection of Second Street and Minnesota is undergoing what Barthelemy called a two-phase project. The first phase, which focused on new heating and air conditioning, is about done but is being cleaned up now. The second phase is being focused on the old Downtown Meat location which is getting some new ceilings and restrooms. It also had sprinklers installed throughout the location. Neither area has a planned tenant yet, although the first phase would be more appropriate for a retail-type use.

As for projects that are coming up:

E The new digester building at the Wastewater Treatment Plant is about to begin. The permit for that work is being prepared.

E The supportive housing project on 15th Street North next to Bi-CAP is about ready for construction. The project will result in 20 units of housing for homeless and transitioning families. Kraus-Anderson is the construction manager for the project.

E There are a couple of new state jobs planned, such as a new roof for the Hobson Memorial Union at Bemidji State University and remodeling for Birch and Cedar halls at BSU.

As for residential construction, Barthelemy said no single-family homes are planned for construction in the near future.

There is some planned work for roofing and siding projects, and a "a few" major remodels.

"Other than that, not a lot is going on the residential side," he said.

Menards is expected to open in less than two weeks.

Bill Barthelemy, building official for the city of Bemidji, gave a construction update this week to the Bemidji City Council on projects occurring throughout the city.

Menards, to be located on the northwest side of town at the former site of Spaulding Motors, is planning to open April 5, Barthelemy reported.

However, the company might try to push that up to April 4, he noted.

There are just a few remaining needs at the site, such as emergency generator testing, that need to be accomplished, Barthelemy said.

Once open, the new signal lights outside of Menards on Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest will be activated.

Other commercial projects very close to complete are:

- Wells Fargo, Westridge branch, 2024 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. The business had undergone a new addition on the east side of the building with new offices and restrooms. Employees are operating now with a temporary certificate of occupancy. Some cleanup work and outside work remains to be finished this spring.

- Wells Fargo downtown drive-through underwent some interior remodeling which is nearly complete.

- The swimming pool at Bemidji State University had a complete cleanup done and some plumbing and remodeling work. New filters were installed.

- Paul Bunyan Transit's expansion, 706 Railroad St. S.E., is all but complete. Thanks to a $1 million grant, Paul Bunyan Transit was able to put up a new building to house, among other things, 12b buses and a bus wash. The administration area also was remodeled.

Projects still under construction are:

- The Bemidji Regional Airport's ongoing airport terminal construction project is on schedule and is moving along. The terminal is enclosed and crews are working on some wall work now.

- Harmony Natural Foods Co-op is moving to a new location at 302 Irvine Ave. N.W. which will triple the size of its retail space. It is expected to open in June.

- A 12-plex, being done by Bob Whelan, is being constructed at the intersection of 26th Street Northwest and Irvine Avenue North.

- The old Mercantile property at the intersection of Second Street and Minnesota is undergoing what Barthelemy called a two-phase project. The first phase, which focused on new heating and air conditioning, is about done but is being cleaned up now. The second phase is being focused on the old Downtown Meat location which is getting some new ceilings and restrooms. It also had sprinklers installed throughout the location. Neither area has a planned tenant yet, although the first phase would be more appropriate for a retail-type use.

As for projects that are coming up:

- The new digester building at the Wastewater Treatment Plant is about to begin. The permit for that work is being prepared.

- The supportive housing project on 15th Street North next to Bi-CAP is about ready for construction. The project will result in 20 units of housing for homeless and transitioning families. Kraus-Anderson is the construction manager for the project.

- There are a couple of new state jobs planned, such as a new roof for the Hobson Memorial Union at Bemidji State University and remodeling for Birch and Cedar halls at BSU.

As for residential construction, Barthelemy said no single-family homes are planned for construction in the near future.

There is some planned work for roofing and siding projects, and a "a few" major remodels.

"Other than that, not a lot is going on the residential side," he said.

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