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Grand Forks board OKs Revolution Sports expansion

The Grand Forks Planning and Zoning Commission recommended Wednesday allowing a temporary gravel parking lot for Revolution Power Sports to store boats.


The business has grown significantly in its 10 years near Interstate 29 and 36th Avenue South, said owner Travis Burke. The business needs more space to store the boats that it sells.

Grand Forks city code prohibits gravel, in favor of pavement, said Ryan Brooks, deputy city planner, which is why Revolution Power Sports needs City Council approval for the project.

The business is asking for gravel as a temporary, three-year storage solution, Brooks said. The gravel space would go on a 75-foot-by-225-foot section land rented from adjacent landowner Guy Useldinger.

“Our business has grown to the point where we have so many boats and trailers, but we don’t have the space,” Burke said. He added that the extra storage space will allow the business to keep the boats in better condition for customers.

After the three years, Revolution Power Sports hopes to figure out the motorcycle testing that it currently does with the state on pavement owned by the business, Burke said. If not for the motorcycle testing track, the business would use that area as storage.

Planning and Zoning commissioners were concerned about making an exception to an ordinance, but decided that the three-year, temporary status of the request was acceptable.

Burke added that his business has the option of purchasing the land from Useldinger during the three year time period.

“I think three years should be plenty of time for us to get our future plans together,” he said.

Stealth cell phone tower in south GF

The Planning and Zoning Commission also recommended approval of a Verizon Wireless cell tower on 32nd Avenue South.

The commission tabled Verizon’s request last month because it deemed the design of the tower visually distracting, and did not want that on one of the city’s busiest roads.

Verizon approached the commission Wednesday with a “stealth design” for the tower, to be located on the site of Kindness Animal Hospital, disguised as a light pole.

Both the Revolution and Verizon requests will go to Grand Forks City Council for final approval.

Charly Haley

Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.