New Kwik Trip Sees Further Debate and Delay
By Joe Bachman
City officials have delayed a decision to move forward with proposed Kwik Trip on E. Riverview Expressway over neighborhood concerns of traffic and noise.
In a six to two vote, council members voted to review the plans for the new Kwik Trip, which would sit on the corner of Lincoln St. and E. Riverview Expressway before any further action. Plans were initially set in motion by the finance & property committee, though met with over a dozen complaints from nearby residents of the proposed location.
“This will give us the opportunity to serve the center of the city,” said Kwik Trip realtor Troy Mleziva. “We’re aligned in terms of looking for a safe facility that would be an asset to the city.”
Kwik Trip worked with the finance & property committee, as well as the public to come up with 18 conditions prior to the start of construction of the Kwik Trip. This includes working with residents on the 500 block of Dewey St. for ease of access, the installation of privacy fencing along requested properties, restrictions on animated signs and it’s brightness, limited car wash hours which would only operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., no overnight parking, no outdoor music, and other landscaping requests by residents.
“Looking at this and the logic that I see, it just doesn’t make sense to me,” said alderperson Scott Kellogg, who called for a review of plans for the new store over concerns of traffic congestion. “As it pertains to this plot and design, this is something that I think can be reconsidered.”
If the store is approved, construction would likely begin in 2017. Kwik Trip currently has three locations — with stores at 2520 W. Grand Ave., 3030 Plover Rd., and 4611 8th St. South.