North Metro Storage gets beautification grant

012HlbeautificaitonThumb.jpgNorth Metro Storage is the latest business to receive a Ham Lake Beautification Grant.

by Eric Hagen
Staff writer

North Metro Storage is the latest business to receive a Ham Lake Beautification Grant.


North Metro Storage of Ham Lake received an $8,000 grant to help out with a project to renovate these two metal storage buildings visible from Highway 65. Submitted photo

Since 2000, 22 businesses in Ham Lake, including North Metro Storage, have received a total of $93,228 thanks to charitable gambling funds to beautify their property.

The charitable gambling funds are donated to the city of Ham Lake by the Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses can receive a 50-50 match, but no more than $8,000, which is what North Metro Storage will receive to help out with its $38,991.48 project.

“I think it’s a good deal for the business owners and probably a good deal for the city because everything looks better,” said Gary Braastad, who has owned North Metro Storage for 25 years.

The project is to improve the aesthetics of two metal storage buildings that from Highway 65 are the most visible of any of the storage buildings, Braastad said.

The improvements include replacing the white metal roof with tan color metal roofing panels, adding a 12-inch overhang to create a soffit fascia, adding dark brown trim boards and replacing all metal siding with stucco.

The Ham Lake Development Corporation (HLDC) administers this program, although the Ham Lake City Council must approve all projects.

For more information on the beautification grant program, contact HLDC President Nancy Braastad at 1st Regents Bank in Blaine at 763-450-3109. The Web site is .

Eligible projects include painting; re-siding; re-stucco; tuck-pointing of structures; addition of brick surfacing; existing freestanding sign enhancement, repair, removal or replacement; landscaping; installation of lawn or landscape irrigation systems; opaque fencing or screening; addition or repair of concrete curb and gutter; improvement of pond appearance; replacement or repair of unsightly culverts and addition of riprap, which is rock or other material used along shorelines to prevent erosion.

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