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Erickson Oil Co. to expand its North Hudson convenience store

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The Freedom gas station and convenience store in North Hudson will undergo a makeover and expansion this year following action by the village board last Tuesday.

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The board heard plans for a 2,197-square-foot expansion to the building and repaving and landscaping to the business by representatives of Erickson Oil Products, parent company of the Freedom Oil station at 702 Sixth St. N. in a request for a conditional use permit.

Peter Hilger, representing Rylaur Architects showed drawings of the proposed project. With the addition, the building would contain 5,694 square feet compared with the current 3,497-square-foot building.

Hilger said the company had been renting the property until an opportunity to purchase came about. A closing date was set for Feb. 10. "We are recycling an old building from the late 70s," Hilger said.

A conditional use permit for a similar project had been requested and granted in 2003 for the business but never acted on, Hilger said.

When asked when the project would begin, he said, "sometime in the summer."

The board approved the request by a 5-0 margin, trustees Jim Thomas and Sandra Whalen were absent.

In other action at the Feb. 2 meeting, the board:

  • Approved a Class B alcohol beverage license and an amusement license for Carol Rebers, Somerset, for Season Tavern. Her son, Brad Rebers will operate the business at 501 Sixth St. N., formerly the Northpoint Bar and Grill. The new owner said this week a likely opening day is Feb. 22. Rebers said he has a 20 year background in the restaurant business including a long stint at Tavern on Grand in St. Paul.
  • Heard a request from Colleen O'Brien-Berglund, chair of the park board, for persons who had been influenced by the late Police Chief Rich Jansen to relay stories and anecdotes by e-mail to her at cobrien@northhudsonvillage.org by March 1 in preparation for a dedication of a park in his honor.
  • Approved $3,500 fee for an appraisal of railroad property from the park board budget.
  • Approved claims of $31,493.53 for December and $16,070.45 for January.
  • Heard a presentation of recycling in St. Croix County from Jennifer Havens, recycling specialist.
  • Approved an amended 2009 budget. The new budget of $1,977,696 represented an additional $88,285 in revenues and an equal amount of expenses.

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