Kwik Trip Design

Kwik Trip executives are considering a new location in Dundas. (Graphic courtesy of the city of Dundas)

Kwik Trip is officially in the final stages before development of a new location in Dundas.

The Dundas City Council on Monday approved a preliminary plat for a gas station and convenience store to be located on a 3-acre parcel between Schilling Drive and Hwy. 3, with Hester Street bordering it to the north. The proposed station features 10 gas pumps, six diesel pumps and a car wash attached to the convenience store, which will combine to take up 9,000 square feet.

The city has seen interest in a convenience store and gas station at this location before, but the process never moved this far along. After working its way through the zoning and site review process, Kwik Trip executives sent their plan to the Planning Commission, which made a recommendation of approval to the council.

“It’s been a long time coming, so thanks for hearing us, and we look forward to being in Dundas,” said Kwik Trip representative Dean George at the commission meeting in February.

A major concern of the city was traffic stacking up on Hester Street, as cars attempt to enter and exit the convenience store and gas station. To help alleviate that concern, Kwik Trip is offering to pay for widening Hester Street to a four-lane roadway, with left turn lanes.

Years ago, a Casey’s General Store was aiming to take over the location, which is prime real estate for a gas station, sitting right off Hwy. 3 and near some large retailers. Casey’s leaders, though, were not willing to make requested adjustments from the city regarding traffic flow, and the proposal fell through. City Engineer John Powell also indicated that the traffic analysis report from Casey’s was insufficient.

The city had a different experience with Kwik Trip.

“The applicant did significant traffic analysis and modeling,” Powell said. “They looked at current and future conditions, and future conditions with the site developed.”

At Monday’s council meeting, a co-owner of the nearby Cannon Valley Cinema 10, Paul Brown indicated that his ownership group has developers interested in land on the north side of Hester Street across from the proposed Kwik Trip, and wanted the council to consider making improvements for cars turning to that side of the road at the same time it makes them on the south side of Hester.

Dundas Mayor Glenn Switzer said it was “good information” from Brown, but the council won’t consider those improvements until a project is proposed.

At the February Planning Commission meeting, city staff noted some concerns from the members, including around entering and exiting the location and handling potential environmental issues. But staff indicated the company’s proposal met all city requirements, and at the council meeting Tuesday, no suggested changes were offered.

The preliminary plat will now be developed into a final plat, followed by a development agreement. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020 and end that fall.

Reach Associate Editor Philip Weyhe at 507-645-1115 or follow him on Twitter @nfnphilweyhe.

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