After 90 minutes of listening to discussion and concerns regarding the effects a proposed commercial development might have on a neighborhood, the Chaska City Council recently gave Hy-Vee the go-ahead.
The Iowa-based grocer is planning a 105,000-square-foot grocery store and 4,375-square-foot gas station and coffee shop on land west of Highway 212, near Engler Boulevard and Creek Road. It will be part of an 87-acre business park that will include a 32,000-square foot medical facility, the Chaska Herald recently reported.
Discussion included a possible requirement to screen lights from the parking lot on neighboring houses and the construction of roads supporting the development. Hy-Vee opposed the proposal, noting the existing plans already call for more trees than the city requires.
The city expects construction on the store could begin in 2019, after some of the road work in the area has begun. The store is expected to be open 24 hours.