Outlet Mall visitors and residents on Albertville’s northern side will soon have a more convenient option for their gasoline, car washing and snacking needs, with the way paved for Kwik Trip to add a store just north of Interstate 94, on the east side of CSAH 19.
This 3.3-acre parcel had been zoned B-2A, which does not allow for gas sales or car washes, but last month the Albertville city council approved a rezoning of the land to B-3, which allows these uses with a conditional use permit. City administrator Adam Nafstad said this is the first application the city has received for this parcel in 10 years. The site has additional complications and requirements because it abuts the shoreline of School Lake, which necessitates additional shoreline regulations and performance standards. He said Kwik Trip has received all necessary city approvals and that construction will begin next year.
“The Kwik Trip land use introduces a land use and site design that will be complementary to the Outlet Mall and will fill a difficult development site,” city planner Alan Brixius said in a memorandum on the proposal.
The site will include a 10,000-square foot convenience store, two car wash bays, and gas sales.
Access to the Kwik Trip site from CSAH 19 will be right-in/right-out only, with alternate access through the outlet mall’s parking lot.
“In 2019 we are also planning to rebuild County Road 19, so that signal will be improved with additional lanes,” Nafstad said. “We’re planning to make CSAH 19 a four-lane, divided highway all the way from I-94 to 70th Street.”
Nafstad said they have received federal money for this project, but he added a caveat that the CSAH 19 project could be pushed back one year if the state’s Corridors of Commerce Committee awards funding to the I-94 expansion of three lanes between St. Michael and Albertville.