It’s not likely to inspire much discussion this time around, but the plan for Festival Foods is returning for the final step in its three-stage approvals process.
Monday night’s Plan Commission meeting also will feature approval for an additional memory care building at Noel Manor and two new industrial park buildings, one of which would allow a sports car restoration company to expand.
But it’s the grocery chain that has gotten the most attention since it first applied to build a store here in May.
Festival Foods got approval for a general development plan – the second and most important stage of a planned-unit development – in September. That addresses the general layout of the 7.7-acre site, including building size, parking and traffic flow.
This month, the developer will bring a precise implementation plan – addressing building design, landscaping, lighting, utilities and other details. It will require a recommendation from the commission and approval by the Common Council.
In general, there are no changes from the GDP, and in fact, many of those minor details were addressed earlier than necessary in that plan.
The 68,000-square-foot store would employ around 250 employees, perhaps 80 or 90 of which would be full time. The commission’s concerns about its visual appearance were addressed before it got GDP approval.
One question that was not addressed concerned preserving existing trees on the site, and a letter with the submission makes it clear those trees would be removed.
Noel Manor’s 14-bed memory care unit went to a waiting list even before it opened a year ago. So it’s taking the 32-unit apartment building that was planned to go to the north of the 120,000-square-foot assisted-living facility and planning to converting it to another memory care unit, called the Legacy at Noel Manor. It would fill the northeast corner of Prairie Oaks Drive and Enterprise Drive.
The change went to the commission for a conceptual review in September and returns for the commission’s recommendation and the council’s final approval as early as the following Monday.
The commission will review a site plan for an 8,525-square-foot storage building for Beale Enterprises at 529 Commerce Parkway and give an initial review for a 9,200-square-foot building next to Bach Racecraft, which would allow the company to more than double in size.
Both would be pre-engineered metal buildings.