November/December 2015 Issue

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GATR Truck Center Breaks Ground on New Elk River Facility

On June 17, 2015, we celebrated the groundbreaking of GATR Truck Center, a full service heavy and medium truck center dealership with begain in 1962...

The groundbreaking of GATR Truck Center, a full service heavy and medium truck center dealership which began in 1962, was celebrated on June 17. GATR purchased two city- owned properties, totalling 14.8 acres and broke ground on a 42,912 square foot facility in Elk River's Nature's Edge Business Center. This is GATR's 4th location, with existing locations in Sauk Rapids, MN, Cedar Rapids, IA and Des Moines, IA. Collectively, the three existing locations employ over 200 people.

GATR's new location will create approximately 38 jobs by the end of 2015, averaging $32.89/hr. By the end of 2017, the company anticipates having a minimum of 63 employees. This project is estimated to generate approximately $160,000 per year in property taxes.

Completing this project required numerous land use approvals, including:

  • an ordinance amendment to permit truck sales as a conditional use in the C-3 district
  • a rezoning to convert one of the parcels from Business Park to C-3
  • a conditional use permit to permit truck sales
  • a variance to permit its freestanding sign

In addition to the land use approvals, Decklan Group was able to secure a total of $1,028,658 in tax rebates over the course of 15 years, which required tax abatement applications to both the city of Elk River and Sherburne County.

This is a prime example of the economic development services Decklan Group offers to clients; assisting with land use approvals, navigating government processes and public hearings and identifying eligible incentives to ensure the project moves forward.

Lysa and Bob Neizke

Owner of GATR Truck Center, Bob Neitzke says, "Hiring Decklan Group was a smart move; without them, there was no way this project would have moved forward. They were able to secure all the approvals we needed, in addition to obtaining tax incentives to ensure the success of our new location."

The project is anticipated to be complete in November 2015. A big thanks to Winkelman Building Corporation and Bremer Bank for their assistance in making this project happen. Make sure to keep up with the progress by liking GATR on Facebook, and following them on Twitter.

GATR Truck Center is a full service heavy and medium truck dealership which began in 1962. Purchased in 2000 by owner Bob Netizke, GATR currently has three locations: Sauk Rapids, MN, Cedar Rapids, IA and Des Moines, IA. Click here to read the full story about their groundbreaking which took place in June of this year.

To accommodate their growth, GATR purchased two lots in Nature's Edge Business Center, totalling nearly 150 acres, to build a 42,912 square foot facility.

This project is expected to create over 60 well-paying jobs within two years from project completion.

Decklan Group worked with the company to find a site, amend the C-3 zoning ordinance, rezone the property, obtain a sign variance and obtain over $1,000,000 in tax incentives.

Winkelman Building Corp., out of St. Cloud, is building the project and Bremer Bank provided the construction financing.

Looking ahead, we are working on projects in Ramsey, Otsego, St. Paul and Livonia Township which plan to break ground next year.

Owner Bob Neitzke, Dan Bosshart, owner of neighboring business Preferred Powder Coating and Jennifer Wagner, Elk River City Council

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