Another hurdle was cleared last week in the attempt by Burger Brothers LLC to bring a Culver’s eatery franchise to New Richmond.
At its Dec. 3 meeting, the New Richmond Plan Commission voted to approve the site plan for a Culver’s location at the northwest corner of South Knowles Avenue and West Richmond Way.
The project has been in the works for nearly a year, and many people in the community have voiced skepticism to city officials and staff members that it would ever happen.
“I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve heard that Culver’s isn’t coming to New Richmond,” said Mayor Fred Horne.
Community Development Director Beth Thompson agreed saying that she has fielded a deluge of phone calls about the Culver’s project for months.
City staff wrote the following in a recommendation for approval:
“The Culver’s restaurant at the northwest corner of Knowles Avenue and West Richmond Way provides for a desirable commercial retail use at this location maximizing the market potential of the site in terms of access and visibility.”
If all goes according to plan, Thompson expects Burger Brothers to break ground at the site shortly after the spring thaw, but several hurdles still remain.
The approval came with nine conditions that Burger Brothers must meet, including the initiation of rezoning the site and surrounding sites to planned unit development (PUD) district. Burger Brothers must also submit additional information to the city for its landscaping, lighting, signage, trash enclosures, construction material details, grading and utilities.
According to the city’s zoning ordinance, 47 parking stalls are required for a building of the size proposed by Burger Brothers. Though the site plan included 47 parking stalls, they were 9 feet wide instead of 10 feet wide. City staff recommended approval anyway because the size of the lot makes it nearly impossible to create 47 of the larger size stalls.
New apartment building
A new 52-unit apartment complex could be coming to New Richmond.
Earlier in the Dec. 3 Plan Commission meeting, a public hearing was held for a request to rezone property at the corner of Doman Drive and Croft Street (near Kwik Trip and Super 8) from Highway Commercial to Multiple Family Residential.
After the hearing, the Plan Commission voted to recommend approval to rezone the property, the City Council later approved the rezoning at its Dec. 9 meeting.
After the public hearing, the Plan Commission voted to approve the apartment complex concept plan from Herman & Kittle Properties Inc.
The proposed complex will include units with one, two, three and four bedrooms. All units will include a balcony or patio with rents ranging from $787 for a one-bedroom unit to $1,243 for a four-bedroom unit.
If all goes according plan, construction could begin on the apartment complex in fall 2014 or spring 2015.