2nd Goodwill location approved in Maple Grove

Plans for a second Goodwill store location in Maple Grove were approved by the Maple Grove City Council at its Monday, Aug. 20 meeting.

The City Council heard from City Planner Peter Vickerman regarding the planned unit development (PUD) development stage plan that would allow for another Goodwill store location within the city. This store would be located next to the future Whirlyball, just east of Interstate 94 and west of 80th Circle N. This location was the former Maple Grove Mann cinema site.

Back in April, the property received concept stage approval for a 5,000 to 20,000-square-foot building as part of the Whirlyball proposal.

Goodwill is proposing to build a 20,600-square-foot stand-alone building. The building would be located near the center of the lot with parking areas on the south and east sides. A drive-through area for donation drop-offs would be located on the west side with loading areas to the north.

Vickerman said the applicant would provide 84 parking spaces, but city code requires 103 parking spaces. The parking spaces would be shared between Goodwill and Whirlyball, which would let Goodwill meet city code.

He added the exterior of the building would be made of brick with stucco accents at the top of the walls, along with windows on the south side (entrance side) and metal accents. He added the Planning Commission recommended approval for the proposal.

Councilor Leann Sargent asked if the applicant was still planning to keep the other Goodwill site in Maple Grove. Vickerman said this new location would be in addition to the other location.

Councilor Phil Leith asked for an update on the Whirlyball, including when construction was to begin on the site. Vickerman said, “I haven’t spoken to them recently and so I know one of the concerns that we expressed to the applicant of the Goodwill, was any construction out here should really coordinate with the Whirlyball construction. So we put those two in contact with each other.”

Councilor Erik Johnson said his concern was “that if Whirlyball doesn’t go forward, then we’ve really handcuffed the use of that. It certainly can’t be used a theater again.”

Vickerman noted that the owner of the overall site was the applicant and one of the co-applicants on the Goodwill project.

Councilor Karen Jaeger said she would like to see one more handicapped parking space added to the project.

Mayor Mark Steffeson expressed concern with the west elevation of the building, as it will face Interstate 94. “Has there been any discussion with the applicant regarding the wall facing the freeway and it’s appearance?” he asked.

Vickerman said there had not been any discussions.

Applicant Jay Moore told the council that they hope to begin construction right away after approval, getting the parking lot and other important things done before the freeze. “It would be our goal to turn this space over to Goodwill in early January, and they would open there in the spring,” he said.

Moore added Whirlyball was under construction now with hopes to be open prior to Thanksgiving.

Mayor Steffenson asked Moore about the west side of the building. Moore said they could take a look at it, work with staff and see if there is a blend that would work for everyone.

A motion was made to approve directing the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the PUD development stage plan of Goodwill, include site plan and all supporting documents, subject to the satisfaction of the city and working out a different west elevation with city staff. City Attorney George Hoff said the applicant would work with Vickerman and the plans would be at the next council under the consent agenda for council review.

The council voted to unanimously approve the motion. A voluntary consideration for a fifth handicapped parking space was also requested of the applicant.



In other action, the council:

RECOGNIZED the top three winners in each of the four categories of the 2012 Maple Grove Moments Photography Contest. All submitted photos will be on display in the Maple Grove Government Center lobby through mid-September and on the city’s website at maplegrovemn.gov.

APPOINTED the following people to the position of Captain in the Maple Grove Fire Department effective Aug. 21: Ron Jacobson (Station #1), Mario Donato (Station #2), Chris Baker (Station #3), Dean Noren and Paul Higdem (Station #4) and Randy Mueller and Mike Paidar (Station #5).

APPROVED hiring Jeffrey Hendel to the position of Probationary Paid-on-Call Firefighter effective Aug. 21, subject to an 18-month probationary period.

AUTHORIZED staff to begin the recruitment process for the vacant position of Police Officer within the Maple Grove Police Department.