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Hy-Vee North Plans Move Forward; Council Hears South Hy-Vee Site Status

Sep 11, 2016 07:30PM ● Published by Wendy Erlien

Proposed location for Hy-Vee North Maple Grove (graphic provided by city of Maple Grove)

One of two proposed Hy-Vee stores in Maple Grove took another step forward at the Sept. 6 Maple Grove City Council meeting when the council unanimously recommended the city attorney draft a resolution approving the PUD Concept Stage Plan of Hy-Vee north. 

The proposed development of a north location at Maple Grove Parkway and 99th Avenue North includes a 96,000 square foot grocery store with a 12,000 square foot future expansion and 4,000 square foot gas/convenient store and outlot for future residential development, according to documents provided to the Maple Grove City Council. The site "is in 20.3 acres in size."

"The site sits between 99th Avenue and Highway 610, just east of Maple Grove Parkway. The Fairview Clinic is east of the site," according to documents provided to the Maple Grove City Council.

While the south Hy-Vee location at County Road 101 and Bass Lake Road cleared the PUD Concept Stage Plan concept and PUD Development Stage Plan approvals for The Markets at Rush Creek earlier in 2016, the north location plans were delayed due to property restrictions and a wetland review. 

Hy-Vee’s Director of Real Estate Phil Hoey answered questions and addressed the council about the project at the Sept. 6 meeting, including discussion about the construction timeline for both sites. According to Hoey, the north location is slated to be the first Hy-Vee store in Maple Grove.

"It was always in our minds that this [north location] would be the first Hy-vee store in Maple Grove. It just so happens because of constraints and site issues, this project has delayed and moved slower than the other project – even though the other project is larger in scale," he said. “Really the biggest constraint here has been some use restrictions on the property as well as the wetland issue."    

Hoey added that Hy-Vee still needed to make a determination on which site to build first and that both sites are in a “queue”.

"We still have to make a determination on which on we will do first, but we’re not a company that buys up land and then sits on it," he said. “We don’t have a timeline for the other [south] project. Our intent would be to start this project [north] as soon as we’d be able to."

The development stage plan for the north location, according to Hoey, will be brought back in front of the council soon.

"We note that this application is for concept plan approval only and more detailed plans would follow with a development stage plan application at a later date," City Planner Peter Vickerman wrote in a memo to the council

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