Citizens have probably noticed that activity has picked up on the southeast corner of highways 5 and 284 in Waconia. Demo crews have begun revitalizing the former Marathon gas station site, which has been vacant for approximately the last four years, starting with the removal of the gas station canopy.
In April, it was announced that Caribou Coffee would be one of the tenants to locate on the site. A second tenant, Bruegger’s Bagels, has been announced as the second and final tenant for the site. The Waconia City Council approved an amended site plan related to the project during its meeting on Monday, July 22.
Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s Bagels will share a 2,482 square-foot building that will sit on the property, which is almost 31,000 square feet or about 3/4th of an acre. The building will include a 418-square-foot outdoor patio and a drive through window. The initial site plan called for a 3,407-square-foot building.
Mayor Jim Nash inquired about traffic congestion issues and was assured that the site should be adequate.
Customers will be able to access the property via two spots, one being off of 8th Street, which is directly south of the property and north of Waconia Farm Supply. The other spot will be Highway 5 itself, where vehicles can enter and exit via access points currently situated by Youngstedts.
There was also a brief discussion on the best location for a walkway that permanently connects to the city’s trail system on the northwest side of the site near the 5/284 intersection. The location is still being worked out.
The developer’s goal is to have the project completed by Thanksgiving.
Also during the meeting, the council approved the preliminary and final plat for the Crosswinds development, which is located directly south of the Pinehill development and 13th Street E. Mattamy Homes is the builder of this 35-acre development, which will feature 96 single family residential homes when fully completed.
A preliminary plat for the Crosswinds development (then still part of Pinehill) was approved in August 2005 when the Pinehill preliminary plat was approved. An extension on the preliminary plat was granted in August 2008.
However, no final plat or extension was submitted beyond that point for what was to become the Crosswinds development so new preliminary and final plats were necessary.
According to Assistant Planner Angie Perera, Crosswinds will have a similar feel to the Pinehill neighborhood. Grading and utility work is expected to begin by September in preparation for the first phase of the development, which will include 54 of the 96 homes. It’s possible that one or two units will be completed before the winter. The remaining 42 homes will be part of a future phase of the development.
In other matters:
• The council approved plans and specs and authorized the advertisement of bids for the Highway 284 and 10th Street intersection improvements, the main feature being a roundabout.
The project is tentatively scheduled to be completed over a nine-week period in September – November starting after Nickle Dickle Day on Sept. 14.
In addition to the installation of the roundabout, the project includes trail improvements, water main improvements and corridor lighting.
The estimated cost of the project is $2.3 million. The funding includes $400,000 in Safety Capacity Grant Funds, $400,000 in Local Road Improvement Grant Funds, and $702,000 in MnDOT Cooperative Municipal Agreement Funds. The remaining $798,000 will come from the city’s water utility fund and MSA funds.
• The council approved an amendment regarding the site plan for the Ground Round.
In the original site plan, a canopy was to cover a patio area located on the east side of the building.
The amendment modifies the plan so the canopy is not required. Ground Round owner Matt Woelfel explained that the eastern location of the patio has proved that a canopy, with a cost of approximately $20,000, is unnecessary as the patio tables can be adequately shaded with large umbrellas.
The council asked Woelfel about a couple of other site improvements that are still awaiting completion, such as signage, curbing and turf restoration. Woelfel said a punch list of items are currently being addressed and he, too, shares the council’s goal of completing the items as soon as possible.
• An “In the Neighborhood” meeting was held at Interlaken Park immediately following the meeting on July 22 and another “In the Neighborhood” meeting was scheduled to be held at Lakeview Terrace Park on Monday, July 29.
These meetings give residents the opportunity to meet with council and city officials in a more casual setting and discuss more localized topics of interest to them and their neighbors.
There are no other “In the Neighborhood” meetings scheduled for this year.
• Waconia firefighters Bob Seltz, Robert Schmitz and Matthew Schilling recently successfully finished their one-year probationary period and were approved to regular active status.
• Travis Scheffler was appointed to a vacant position in the Utility Department. Scheffler was a recently hired Street Maintenance Worker.
• The next compost collection will be held at Public Services from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 10.
• The council’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5.
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