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Business Expansions and Growth

What's new for the Coon Rapids business community in 2018? Read about these new businesses and business expansions!
  • American Preclinical Services, a biotechnology company, is expanding. The company is building an addition at 8945 Evergreen Blvd. and remodeling a building at 9055 Evergreen Blvd.
  • MN Home Outlet has a new location at 20 Coon Rapids Blvd.
  • Magnum Freight, located at 8701 Evergreen Blvd., is constructing a 100,000 square foot warehouse next to its freight terminal.
  • Golden Corral has opened a new location at 3580 Main St.
  • Fraser, child psychology office and clinic, is remodeling office space at 9120 Springbrook Dr.
  • Mercy Hospital celebrated the opening of its new facility entrance in November. The enhanced entrance has a direct connection to the new parking ramp. The Mercy Hospital campus also has a newly expanded ICU and operating room, along with pre and post op areas.
The Planning Commission has approved site plans for the following:
  • A 128-unit market-rate apartment building on the former site of Pederson Floral, located on Coon Rapids Boulevard near Pheasant Ridge Drive.
  • A Honda dealership on the northwest corner of Hwy. 10 and Hanson Blvd.
  • A new Nissan dealership near Hwy. 10 and Hanson Blvd. It is anticipated the existing Nissan dealership on Northdale Blvd. will be reoccupied with a different franchise.
  • A multi-tenant retail building located at 124th Ave. & River Rapids Dr.
The Planning Commission has also approved a conditional use permit to North Star Community Church to turn the American Legion building on Crooked Lake Boulevard into a church. The American Legion Post 334 is looking to occupy a smaller building in Coon Rapids.

University of Minnesota MNTAP Intern Program

Help Your Business Save Water! Use the University of MN - MnTAP Intern Program!

The University of Minnesota's MnTAP Intern Program is looking for businesses or organizations to work with science and engineering interns who are focused on energy conservation projects.

Thanks to Metropolitan Council Water Supply Unit funding, businesses and organizations can take advantage of dedicated science and engineering interns over the summer of 2018. MnTAP interns evaluate processes and come up with cost effective solutions to increase water efficiency and reduce costs. 

Apply online by January 31.

For questions contact Nathan Landwehr, Intern Program Administrator, at  or 612-624-4697.


Financial Resources for Businesses

The City of Coon Rapids offers a variety of financing options for projects that help achieve its development goals. These resources are administered both by the City and outside resources, including the Central Minnesota Development Company (CMDC), which is authorized to provide Small Business Administration loans, as well as the City of Coon Rapids’ commercial loan funds.

For more information visit or contact Mike Mulrooney at CMDC at 763-784-3337.

2040 Comp Plan

The Future of Coon Rapids - 2040 Comp Plan

City staff continue to work on updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the City Council will soon review sections of the plan at upcoming work sessions. New draft documents are available for review on the City website related to Land Use, Housing and the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Protection. You can read the draft documents here: A summary of public feedback gathered through an online survey and discussions at neighborhood meetings is also available for review in the introduction document.

The City’s Comprehensive Plan update is completed every ten years as part of a regional planning cycle completed by the Metropolitan Council. The process starts with the Census, which was most recently completed in 2010. The next step in the process is an update to the Regional Framework, which the Metropolitan Council has branded as Thrive MSP 2040. The Regional Framework addresses regional assets and planning such as transportation, parks and open space, sanitary sewer, as well as forecasts for households, population, and employment for the region as a whole. The City of Coon Rapids Comprehensive Plan will be completed by the end of 2018 after City Council approval. The Comprehensive Plan will guide future development, transportation, housing, water resources, parks, and other public facilities through the year 2040.

Park Dental Riverdale

Business Spotlight - Park Dental Riverdale

In 1972, Dr. Greg Swenson and Dr. “Bud” Murn formed a group practice with a vision to bring consistent, high-quality, affordable dental care to their community and successfully opened Brookpark Dental Center in Brooklyn Center. After deciding that “Park Dental” was a more encompassing name as their practice grew, they decided to rebrand in the early 90’s. Today there are 42 Park Dental practices throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin, including two here in Coon Rapids.

“Coon Rapids is one of the few cities in the Metro area where Park Dental has two locations,” says Dr. Brett Knutson, DDS. “This speaks to the trust that our patients have in us and the way our patients speak highly about their experiences which brings new patients into our offices.  It makes us feel empowered to reach for even higher levels of patient care.”

Dr. Brett Knutson has been practicing at the Park Dental Riverdale location for five years, since the facility opened in 2012. Dr. Knutson has been practicing dentistry for 12 years, after receiving his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University before earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Minnesota Dental School.

Park Dental doctors and staff work to promote good oral health within the community through projects like “Give Kids A Smile,” which provides free dental care to children in need and “Mission of Mercy,” which helps underserved populations of children and adults receive dental treatment that they cannot otherwise obtain.

“We want to do our part as a member of Park Dental to help raise Minnesota to a leader in oral health care.  We want to make sure that everyone has access to dental care and we are working with the state legislature to help make that happen,” says Dr. Knutson.
After 45 years in business, Park Dental shows no signs of slowing down. The implementation of Park Dental’s Vision 2030 is a long-term plan to obtain outstanding oral health throughout the state.

“Park Dental’s Vision 2030 is to raise the level of oral health care in Minnesota to #1 in the country.  This is a hefty goal that will require us to grow not only in the Metro area but in other areas within the upper Midwest.  We feel that our doctor owned and operated management style allows us to keep patient care as our number one priority,” says Dr. Knutson.

Business Liaison Matt Brown
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