Sale of old liquor store gets green light

Tina Struck stood before the Princeton City Council on Thursday, June 27, with a simple message. She would love to relocate her dog day care, training and grooming business to Princeton.
It now appears that Struck, who operates “Paws Up 4 You” in Zimmerman, will have

Tina Struck
Tina Struck

that opportunity.
The City Council gave its approval to financial conditions of a purchase agreement on June 27 that will result in Struck relocating her business to the former Princeton Municipal Liquor Store and Zapp Sporting Goods building at 602 S. Rum River Drive, Princeton. The building was also home to Zapp Floral, Zap-A-Tan.
City Administrator Mark Karnowski thought a purchase agreement could be signed as early as Monday of this week.
Here’s what’s on the table: Struck will buy the building for $190,000 under a contract for deed with an $11,000 down payment. The $190,000 sale price is the same amount the building sold for in 2009. The most recent assessment on file in the office of the Mille Lacs county auditor and treasurer is $206,800.
Struck will pay $661 each month for 10 years. The balance is due in the form of a balloon payment at the end of 10 years. The interest rate on the loan is 2 percent. Struck will pay a $5,000 cleaning deposit. At the end of the sales contract, the $5,000 will be credited towards the balloon payment.
But before Struck and the dogs move into the former Zapp site, some zoning issues must be hashed out between Struck and the Princeton Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the zoning issues on a date that has yet to be scheduled. The Planning Commission will then make a formal recommendation to the City Council before the City Council votes on the zoning matters. Karnowski anticipates a closing date of Aug. 1. Struck would take possession of the building that day and anticipates a Sept. 1, 2013, opening in Princeton, she said.
But June 27 was a night for celebrating a potential new business to a building the city took possession of earlier this year when the owner of the Zapp businesses defaulted on a contract for deed.
“We’re glad you’re interested in buying the building,” Councilman Thom Walker said.
“You’re bringing an asset and service we do not have in the city. Thank you,” Councilwoman Victoria Hallin added.
“I think it’s a good fit for the city of Princeton and a good fit for one of our vacant buildings,” said Councilman Dick Dobson, who has used the services of Paws Up 4 You’s Zimmerman facilities.
Under conditions of the sale, Paws Up 4 You will be allowed to operate a dog day care facility at 602 S. Rum River Drive from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Struck estimated her business will care for 15 dogs each day on average. Struck will not exceed 20 dogs at the facility on any given day, she said. There will be no weekend day care services.
“There will be three staff people on at a time,” she said.
A 6-foot fence will be installed around an adjoining back lot that will allow for an outside exercise area. According to the purchase agreement, no more than seven dogs are permitted in the outside exercise area at one time.
“Dogs will never be outside unsupervised,” Struck said.
In addition to the dog day care, the Paws Up 4 You building will house a retail facility and an area for the training and grooming of dogs. Training sessions are offered in the evening, Monday through Thursday. At its present Zimmerman location, the Paws Up 4 You retail store is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
“We don’t sell animals and we don’t keep them overnight. I don’t believe in boarding,” Struck said.