Final design set for new West St. Paul grocery store

The new West St. Paul Hy-Vee got its final green light March 25 after the West St. Paul City Council voted to approve the final plat review. 

Community Development Director Jim Hartshorn said the council approved a number of applications in November for the development of a Hy-Vee grocery store at 150 E. Thompson Ave., site of the YMCA, which is closing soon.

At that November meeting, Hartshorn said staff recommended holding off on final plat approval, allowing the developer and city to negotiate Robert Street access with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

The developer requested a right-in, right-out of the Hy-Vee site and access onto Crawford Drive. MnDOT requested additional traffic information, and on Feb. 22, Westwood Engineering submitted a proposal that supported a right-in, right-out access located at the desired site. However, MnDOT continued to only call for right-turn access to the site, and not a right turn out.

Since then, Hartshorn said Hy-Vee representatives had accepted MnDOT’s position. With that, the final plat was before the council, which approved it unanimously, with council member Dick Vitelli absent.

Work on the grocery store, which will include a gas station and restaurant, will commence in this fall. The YMCA will remain open this summer and still have all of its summer programs available. 

 

—Hannah Burlingame 

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