The Storm Lake City Council approved the sale of one block of East Seventh to Fareway Stores, Inc. Monday night, after a public hearing. The Council approved the sale of $2.75/square foot totaling $66,000 for the 24,000 square foot block.
Pat Hagen with Fareway was present at the meeting and said they anticipate a spring groundbreaking with hopes of opening the new 32,000 square foot store by Thanksgiving. Hagen says the new store is one of their newest design models and will feature more selection for customers. He said a picture of the a new store will soon be on display in their present location for customers to see.
Hagen said the project has been in the works for the last five or six years and said it's nice to see it one step closer to being complete. Hagen thanked the City staff for their cooperative nature throughout the process. "It's has been a very smooth project," he said. Hagen said they not yet decided what will become of the old Fareway building and said if they aren't able to find a buyer they may demolish it and sell the open lot.
According to the City, the office building which is located at the intersection of Oneida and E. Milwaukee St. will become landlocked in the project.
City Development Director Mike Wilson told the council that the easement agreement with Fareway was required to allow public access to the parking lot that serves the office building. In the agreement Fareway will allow traffic access to the public and would agrees to maintain the easement area at the store's expense after the road is closed.
Currently there are four storm water intakes located on the Fareway store property. City staff says the intakes have been maintained by Fareway, however, the agreement will allow Fareway to remove two of the intakes and cap the remaining two. According to Wilson, a storm water detention basin will be constructed in the southeast corner of the property to serve as a storm water prevention plan.
In other City news:
*The City approved a grant application for $60,000 for an International City/County Management Association Library Innovation Grant. SL Public Library Director Misty Gray says the grants were developed to helped strengthen the relationship between City governments and public libraries. The proposed partnership project for Storm Lake is to sponsor events and projects to better serve and embrace the many cultures present in the community through art, music and other cultural activities, Gray says. City officials say the project outlined in the grant has been aligned with one of their four strtegic themes outlined throughout long range plans the City has.
*The City held the first reading for an ordinance that will adopt the 2008 National Eletrical Code as well as remove licensing requirements for electricians. Scott Olesen said the new changes include removing sections of the City Code relating to electrical licensing that is no no longer applicable. According to Scott Olesen, codes like this usually generate every three to six years and says the City of Storm Lake is required by state to adopt the new changes. The City waived the second reading and will hold the third reading on Feb. 2.