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Raising Cane’s PUD Concept Amendment, Development Stage Plan Request on Track for Approval in Maple Grove

Jun 07, 2017 06:09AM ● By Wendy Erlien

Proposed Raising Cane's site in Maple Grove. (graphic provided by city of Maple Grove)

At the June 5 meeting, the Maple Grove City Council approved directing the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the Planned Unit Development (PUD) Concept Amendment and Development Stage Plan for Raising Cane’s restaurant.

“The Concept Amendment is just to change the original concept from a restaurant that was a sit-down restaurant to a fast food restaurant,” Maple Grove City Planner Peter Vickerman told the Maple Grove City Council. “The Development Stage Plan deals with details – landscaping, parking, storm water management…”

The proposal for a 3,819-square foot restaurant with a drive-thru would be located at The Grove development (near Maple Grove Parkway). Raising Cane's, founded in Baton Rouge, LA by Todd Graves, is a fast food restaurant with a menu focused primarily on chicken finger meals.   

The Grove was originally constructed in 2007 as a major mixed-use area including the Maple Grove Hospital, offices and retail. The core of The Grove Shops area was built at this time, and now the perimeter area is being developed,” according to a staff memo from Peter Vickerman presented to the city council.

The proposed Raising Cane’s restaurant would be on a private internal roadway with no direct access from Maple Grove Parkway. Approximately 50 employees would be anticipated at the restaurant, according memo provided to the city with the application from Kimley-Horn, with approximately 600-650 customers daily.

“Every building we try to make ‘your’ Raising Caine’s,” a Kimley-Horn representative, who is working on behalf of Raising Cane’s, said at the meeting. “There will be a number of items that are customized to Maple Grove. They will work with a local organization….and team up with them, well before the store opens through operation, to customize for Maple Grove.”

Councilmember Phil Leith asked several questions relating to parking availability along with employee parking at the site. Councilmember Karen Jaeger sought further details on the location and availability of handicapped parking.

“Staff has no major issues with the proposal. The Grove area has evolved over the years, as is typical and expected with all major mixed-use developments,” Vickerman stated in the memo to the council. “The original vision for this parcel was a sit down restaurant but staff sees this proposal as a fairly minor adjustment to that original vision.”

It is anticipated a resolution approving the Planned Unit Development (PUD) Concept Amendment and Development Stage Plan may be brought before the Maple Grove City Council at the June 19 meeting. 

Raising Cane's has other Minnesota locations in Blaine, Shoreview, Minneapolis, and Apple Valley.

(Graphic concept provided above as part of the June 5 Maple Grove City Council meeting materials)

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