BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN Delano’s newest business park is taking shape, literally.
Tuesday, the Delano City Council voted to approve the preliminary and final plat for the Delano West Metro Business Park First Addition.
When originally platting the park, all properties were platted as outlots to allow the city to final plat properties to meet the size and configuration needs of specific businesses.
Now that the city is working with four businesses to move into the park, the next step was to approve the preliminary and final plat of the first addition.
That plat consists of three blocks, five lots ranging in size from .4 acres to 12.8 acres, and five outlots.
McKinley Parkway provides access to each of the lots, but does not stretch to the southern lot line of the southernmost lots, so the city will allow the existing street right-of-way to be used as a temporary private drive to allow immediate development of the lots without additional street expense. Ultimately, McKinley Parkway will be extended to 72nd Street.
City Planner Alan Brixius said a fire lane at least 20 feet wide would provide access for emergency vehicles to reach individual lots.
Three of the lots will require some wetland mitigation. Though Wright County approved the mitigation, the city is still seeking permits from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Two of the five outlots will be subdivided for future businesses, while the city will retain ownership of the three other outlots to protect them from encroachment of development, due to existing wetlands, storm water ponds, and required buffer strips.
Prior to the council’s approval, the planning commission held a public hearing and recommended approval. At that meeting, an owner of a nearby property asked questions about plans for that area.
“I sat with him and explained this area is guided for industrial development,” Brixius said. “We have an agreement with the Murphys for expanding into their farm. I told him to contact (City Administrator) Phil (Kern). They’re working on estate planning. Maybe there’s a way to work something out . . . They were very favorable about what the Murphys agreed to.”
Kern said he expects ground to be broken for developments in the park in June, if not in May.
In related business, the council considered a purchase agreement with Pizzey Ingredients for a lot in the second addition of the park. Kern presented the terms to Pizzey, but an agreement had not yet been signed as of press time.