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City of Monticello - Press Releases

City of Monticello - Press Releases

Sep 20

Press Release: Block 52 Groundbreaking in Downtown Monticello

Posted on September 20, 2022 at 3:07 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           September 20, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                      (763) 295-2711 |

Private Developer Closes on Block 52 Purchase, Hosts Celebratory Groundbreaking in Downtown Monticello

Monticello, MN – We had two exciting milestones for Downtown Monticello this week: on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 Block 52 Holdings, LLC., Buchholz Exchange, LLC., and Norgren Exchange, LLC., closed on the purchase of a portion of Monticello’s Block 52. Shortly thereafter, a crowd gathered for a groundbreaking event on the project, referred to as Block 52 First Addition. The project will be a mixed-use development that will start construction this fall. The commercial and residential project is being developed by Buchholz Development (also known as Block 52 Holdings, LLC.). The project will feature 87 new residential units and over 30,000 square feet of commercial space, including a new restaurant and patio.

Block 52 is the city block at the northwest corner of the Broadway and Pine Street (TH25) intersection. It’s located in the heart of downtown and one of the most visible spots in the city, with over 37,000 vehicles traveling through the intersection each day.

Block 52 Groundbreaking 2022A Brief History of Block 52

The groundbreaking and land purchase marks a monumental turning point in the project, one that was overseen by dozens of staff members, city council and EDA members over the past two decades.

The EDA first acquired property from willing sellers on Block 52 in 1996. A single parcel was purchased with the hope that land assembly would continue and allow for a meaningful redevelopment proposal. There was a long period of waiting for willing sellers after that purchase. In late 2017, two property owners expressed an interest in selling to the EDA. After negotiating and reaching an agreement, the EDA purchased 103 Pine and 112 West River in early 2018. Those purchases were followed by the acquisition of three properties, 101, 107 and 121 West Broadway, in late 2020. The final property within Block 52 First Addition, 113 West Broadway, was acquired by the EDA in late 2021. This purchase gave the EDA and City site control of contiguous land area totaling 83 percent of the block. The time from initial to final purchase was about 25 years.

Following the purchase of the two properties in 2018, the EDA was optimistic that a meaningful redevelopment could occur in the block and started to discuss concepts with numerous developers. That process occurred over 6 months in early 2019. Then COVID brought much of the world, including development, to a halt for 15 months. Finally, the efforts regained significant momentum upon the EDA and Deephaven Development (Buchholz Development), entering into a preliminary development agreement in June 2021. From that moment forward, all parties worked together to bring forward a dynamic, catalytic development proposal that will have an impact in revitalizing the core downtown of Monticello.

Upcoming Projects in the Downtown

Downtown is the birthplace of our city and the focus of civic activity. The City of Monticello’s Downtown Small Area Plan was adopted in 2017 and builds off those foundational qualities with a clear vision for the future of the core blocks Downtown. The groundbreaking on Block 52 is a significant step toward the signature development called for in the Downtown Small Area Plan.

In addition to the private development happening on Block 52, the City of Monticello is continuing its effort to improve Downtown for visitors, businesses, and residents by revitalizing both new and existing spaces. The Downtown Roadway and Pedestrian Improvements project is scheduled to begin next summer. This project will include improvements to Walnut Street between Broadway and River Street, River Street between Walnut Street and Pine Street and Broadway, between Pine Street and Walnut Street. It will also include connecting Walnut Street to River Street, roadway, sidewalk, and utility improvements, as well as improved signage, lighting, and landscaping. The improvements will make a more inviting and safe environment for everyone who uses the area.

We’d like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication the EDA and City Council have put into the Block 52 project and our Downtown Small Area Plan over the years. Their vision and commitment to the project coupled with staff’s effort to execute the process has allowed an idea to come to life. Downtown Monticello, both past and present, will continue to be a distinct space bringing people together as a community.

Jun 24

Press Release: The City of Monticello Partners with YMCA’s Camp Manitou

Posted on June 24, 2022 at 5:11 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           June 24, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Tom Pawelk 

                      (763) 295-2711 |

The City of Monticello Partners with YMCA’s Camp Manitou


Monticello, MN – The City of Monticello is happy to announce our new partnership with the YMCA and Camp Manitou!BERTRAM POOL

This summer, beginning June 26, the Monticello Community Center (MCC) will provide lifeguard staff to Camp Manitou from 12-6 p.m. on Sundays through August 28.

Camp Manitou offers an outdoor aquatic center at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park. The water features are open to campers and the public for $10 per person, children 2 and under are free. However, in exchange for staffing, MCC members can now get in for free on Sundays!

Bertram Pool SmilesThis new partnership is a welcome addition to the Community Center’s wide range of amenities including our indoor pool and waterslide, fitness center and classes, climbing wall, and ice arena.

If you are interested in an MCC membership, please contact Member Services at (763) 271-7127 or visit us anytime during business hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. MCC is closed on Sunday’s through Labor Day.

Camp Manitou Partnership

Jun 24

Press Release: Monticello Adds Two New Polling Precincts for the 2022 Elections

Posted on June 24, 2022 at 4:58 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           June 17, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Jennifer Schreiber 

                      (763) 271-3204 |

Monticello Adds Two New Polling Precincts for the 2022 Elections

Monticello, MN – The City of Monticello now has four election precincts. As the city grows, we’re striving to maintain a positive voting experience for the public. Additional precincts will allow for shorter lines and the necessary space to accommodate election activities.

MONTICELLO P-1     POLLING PLACE LOCATION – Monticello Community Center Gymnasium, 505 Walnut St., Monticello, MN

MONTICELLO P-2     POLLING PLACE LOCATION – Resurrection Lutheran Church,
 9300 Jason Avenue NE, Monticello, MN

MONTICELLO P-3     POLLING PLACE LOCATION – Monticello High School Field house, 5225 School Boulevard, Monticello, MN

MONTICELLO P-4     POLLING PLACE LOCATION – Kindred Hearts Events Center,
 1549 Broadway East, Monticello, MN

Residents who live on the north side of I-94 and west of Washington Street continue to vote in the MCC gymnasium. Those that live east of Washington Street now vote at Kindred Hearts Events Center.

Residents who reside south of I-94 and east of Fenning Avenue still vote at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Those that live west of Fenning Avenue vote at the Monticello High School. See the map (attached) and visit the City’s website at more information. You can also look up your polling place location on the MN Secretary of State’s website at Info Card2_Page_1