Sunday, 11 April, 2021

420 N. Pokegama Ave

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

City Hall: 218-326-7600

  • Groundbreaking

    Airport South Industrial Park groundbreaking for Swan Machine - Fall 2016.

  • Mississippi Riverfront Trail

  • Block 37 Downtown Redevelopment

  • Crystal Estates

    Former Middle School Site Redevelopment

  • DC Manufacturing

    GREDA Industrial Park Development

  • Downtown Farmer's Market

  • Grand Plaza

    Former Hospital Housing Redevelopment

  • Redevelopment

    Demolition of the old St. Joseph Catholic Church makes way for development of new housing.

The Community Development Department works with residents, businesses, developers and other private and public entities to promote a safe, desirable and economically viable environment for the citizens and businesses of Grand Rapids.

The services provided by the Community Development Department can be broadly categorized into three general areas:

Economic Development: The Director of Community Development serves as the point of contact and staff support for the Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority. The Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority (GREDA) is a public body governed by Minnesota Statute and Enabling Resolutions enacted by the City Council of the City of Grand Rapids. The mission of GREDA is to promote the growth of the Grand Rapids economy through efforts focused on business recruitment and attraction, and business retention and expansion.
Long Range Community Planning and Zoning: Planning in the City of Grand Rapids is centered on a Comprehensive Plan and specific zoning and subdivisions ordinances that execute the Comprehensive Plan. The focus of these ordinances is to provide for orderly development and redevelopment in the City. The Director of Community Development serves as the zoning administrator and staff support for the Grand Rapids Planning Commission.
Building Safety: Building Safety Division staff reviews building plans and permit applications, issues building permits, and conducts a wide range of field inspections to ensure compliance with the state building code and property maintenance compliance.

City of Grand Rapids Issues Building Permit Reminder

If you are planning a home improvement project you may be wondering, “Do I need a permit?” In 1979, the City of Grand Rapids adopted the Minnesota State Building Code.  Under that Code, building permits are required to construct, add onto,

Grand Rapids Awarded Small Cities Development Grant

Grand Rapids, Minn. – The City of Grand Rapids has received over $600,000 in grant funding for commercial and residential redevelopment from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This grant is a part of the Small Cities

Grand Rapids named one of best Minnesota cities to spend retirement

Grand Rapids was named to the list of top ten cities in Minnesota to retire by SmartAsset, a financial technology company.  The city was recognized for its wealth of recreational and social opportunities for retirees. “It’s always exciting to be recognized. 

Office of Materials & road Research
1400 Gervais Avenue
Maplpewood, Avenue 55109-2044
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Are you looking for activities for you and your family to do during the winter? 

We've got you covered!


Grand Rapids offers miles of trails to enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or winter-biking. 

Want to get on the ice? There are four outdoor ice skating locations. 


You can download and view the map for activity locations below. 


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Grand Rapids, like most Minnesota cities, has a winter parking ordinance. Residents can help snow removal efforts by complying with this ordinance that prohibits parking on public streets any time it is necessary to plow. Vehicles, including motor vehicles and trailers, must remain off the street until... read more

Minnesota Governor Walz has issued Executive Order No.  20-81  requiring people in Minnesota to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk spreading COVID19.  Please wear a face covering when visiting City facilities. 


Coronavirus Information:  Community health and safety is our priority.  Stay informed about facility closures and event/program... read more


IRA Civic Center Improvement Project

The IRA Civic Center was originally constructed in 1962 by the Itasca Recreation Association, hence the “IRA” in IRA Civic Center.  This facility has been a regional asset for over fifty-seven years hosting trade shows, classic car events, high school graduations, weddings, amateur ice sports, and many other types of events.  In addition, it serves as an election polling facility and an... read more