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With 60 active commercial building permits, business is booming in Woodbury

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The Woodbury City Council has returned the city building official position to that of a division head position — and the timing could not be better.

At the July 22 regular meeting, councilmembers voted 4-1 to return the status, pay and responsibilities of the city’s building official to that of a “Band I” range, or that of a division leader. And with commercial business development happening all over the community, the position is, in the recommendation of City Administrator Clint Gridley, essential.

In his city administrator’s report, Gridley told council that Woodbury currently has 60 active commercial building permits, and another 30 applications waiting for approval. 

“Woodbury is having a fantastic business development year,” he said. “We just have so many projects across the community … It doesn’t just reside in one area. It’s in various places across the city.”

The building official’s job description changed to Band G in 2013, a period where development was sluggish in the community. The pay range, likewise, dropped. 

Councilmember Christopher Burns clarified the salary adjustment. The building official position, as the Band G rating it has been at $63,378 as a base, to $91,874 on the high end. Band I is from $79,518 to $115,336.

Gridley defended the increase by explaining, “The chief building official is not only responsible for the health and safety codes and certifications, but intakes a considerable amount of building revenues for the city, oversees staff, and this is a very competitive position in which to attract and a fairly narrow field for which to do so.” 

Burns cast the dissenting vote. The City of Woodbury is currently seeking to fill the Building Official position at the Band I rate.

In the works

Some of the new businesses coming to Woodbury this year include Earharrt Chiropractic, on Bielenberg Drive; Jimmy John’s at Bielenberg Gardens; Crave Restaurant at Woodbury Lakes; and Mattress Firm and Cafe Zupas at CityPlace.

A few are doing renovations this year, as well. At Woodbury Village, Barnes & Noble, Petco and North Shops are all getting exterior renovations. The Hampton Inn is doing an interior and exterior remodel. And new commercial buildings are under construction at Woodbury Plaza, for Discount Tire Company and Paradise Carwash.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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