BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN Caribou Coffee/Einstein Bros. Bagels is one step closer to coming to Delano after the city council approved a site and building plan for the project in the Harvest Ridge Subdivision.
Before the council considered the coffee shop concept, it approved a development stage planned unit development and preliminary plat for the site where it is being proposed, the Harvest Ridge Subdivision, located between Cemstone and Flippin Bill’s on Highway 12.
The development, which is also slated to include a Kwik Trip, is being proposed by Harvesters LLP, and the Caribou Coffee/Einstein Bros. Bagels is being proposed by Delano Coffee LLC.
Proposals call for a 32-foot-wide private street to stretch from Highway 12, through the development, to Johnson Drive. A drive-through lane is also being proposed for the restaurant.
Conditions of the approval include a tree inventory; and plans for the topography, grading, existing wetlands on the site, landscaping, lighting, soil stockpiling, a crosswalk from the development to the Johnson Drive path with disability ramps, and addressing truck traffic. Furthermore, the Minnesota Department of Transportation would need to approve access to the site from Highway 12.
Councilman Jon Sutherland suggested a berm to prevent headlights of vehicles at the site from shining into residences in the Maple Knoll Addition. Councilwoman Betsy Moran agreed with that recommendation, adding that it would also lessen the amount of trash that could blow into the neighborhood.
In fact, the Delano Planning Commission is recommending a different location and orientation of the building, which would still accommodate the requested patio space.
Only 22 parking stalls have been proposed, but 32 would be required to comply with city code.
The proposed drive-through lane is 100 feet long, a length that Brixius said he would like to see expanded, based on his experience with the franchise location in Buffalo, where he said officials “could have done better.”
Brixius called the proposed facility “an attractive building” that meets all requirements of the zoning district where it would be located. Typically, only two signs would be allowed on such a building, but Brixius is recommending approval of the three signs being proposed.
Individuals associated with the project were present, but declined to comment.
All Seasons Sports
In other planning and zoning-related business, the council approved site and building plans, a conditional use permit, a setback variance, and a parking variance for a 6,300, two-level addition to All Seasons Sports at 720 Babcock Blvd. E.
The expansion is intended to provide work space for repair and servicing of customer items, in-store product lines, and office uses on the ground level, with storage and warehousing space in the basement. The existing building would be converted entirely to a retail showroom.
Brixius told the council the plan was consistent with the city’s comprehensive goals, which promote expansion of established businesses.
Regarding off-street parking, 26 stalls would typically be required, including one disability stall. All Seasons Sports proposed 13 stalls with a width of 8 feet, but stalls are required to by 9-by-20 feet, leaving space for 12 stalls.
“We have never seen a parking demand near 26,” Brixius said.
Landscaping will be required on the eastern edge of the property to limit impacts to neighboring residential properties.
Other requirements include providing a drainage plan for 2-, 4-, and 100-year flood events; adding an enclosure for dumpsters; revised setbacks; locating utilities; providing a fire suppression plan; submitting a light detail for all exterior lighting; and working to comply with city engineer comments.
In conjunction with approval of the plans, the city will install “2 hour parking” signs on Eighth Street.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• authorized Mayor Dale Graunke and City Administrator Phil Kern to execute a purchase agreement with Randy’s Rentals doing business as Randy’s Environmental Services for property in the West Metro Business Park.
• approved a request from Delano Oktoberfest for an outdoor festival Saturday, Sept. 22, in downtown Delano. Per the request of organizers, the city lessened its requirement for portable toilets from 12 to six, as it was estimated that 600 to 800 individuals would be attending the event during its peak, with an expectation for 2,500 guests throughout the day.
• approved a license agreement with Delano Public Schools for a fiber optic line installation that will cross a city-owned parcel on its route between Delano High School and the Delano Community Education building.