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Controversial gun club in Osseo expected to get final city approval Monday

  • July 6, 2013 - 3:57 PM

A controversial Osseo gun club plan will go in front of the city for a final vote Monday.

Developer Chris Williamson’s plan for a $3.3 million gun club got approval for a conditional use permit from a split 3-2 City Council last month. On Monday, the Economic Development Authority and City Council will consider approving the developer’s agreement, which would give the project the final green light.

The plan has divided the community, with opponents worried about the location two blocks from a high school and junior high. Supporters counter that it would attract visitors to the small suburb wedged between Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park and help revitalize the downtown.

The 18,000-square-foot building would have a 20-lane gun range, retail gun shop, gunsmithing space and classrooms, with the option to add a second-floor 20-lane shooting range in the future. If Williamson gets final approval, he’ll start construction this month so the club can open this fall, he said.

KELLY SMITH

@kellystrib

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