Maple Grove hears plans for bank at Arbor Lakes

The Maple Grove City Council considered plans for the Great Southern Bank project within the Fountains at Arbor Lakes development.

The council also approved the final piece of the Bass Lake Road Phase I project.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.


City Planner Peter Vickerman was before the council presenting the Great Southern Bank planned unit development (PUD) concept amendment and development stage plan. The bank would be located west of Zachary Lane and south of 77th Avenue N., in the Fountains at Arbor Lakes development near Costco and behind Office Max and PetSmart.

Vickerman said the project would consist of a 6,172-square-foot building. He said the original concept plan for the Fountains showed a 14,000-square-foot drug store on this site.

“Because they are changing the use from [a drug store] to a bank, that’s why the concept plan amendment is in before you,” Vickerman said.

Vickerman went on to talk about the development stage plan, which incudes the site plan, landscaping and elevations. The building will sit in the middle of the site with parking surrounding it and a drive-through area on the backside of the building.

He added there would be plenty of landscaping around the site, which would include trees, shrubs and flowers.

Vickerman added staff requested the applicant adjust the entrance to the building further east from the current plans. This would create a better stacking area onto Zachary Lane.

Councilor Phil Leith asked, “Is there enough room for stacking at the actual drive through?”

Vickerman said there would be enough room.

The then council approved directing the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the PUD concept plan amendment for the Fountains at Arbor Lakes, PUD development stage plan, including site plan for Great Southern Bank, and have staff investigate the issue of storm water drainage in regard to the watershed district’s recommendation and subject to working out the access issues as shown in concept.


The council also approved the final acceptance of Bass Lake Road Phase I project completed by C.S. McCrossan, subject to the warranty provisions of the contract and statutory law.

Work on the project was completed a year ago. There were several list items and unresolved issues with some subcontractors that prevented the contract from being closed. A primary delay with the subcontract was the use of uncertified sod on the project and negotiations related to a deduct for this subcontractor.


In other action, the council:

PROCLAIMED March as Maple Grove Lions month in recognition of their 50 years of service to the Maple Grove community. A separate story on the Lions appears in this paper.

ACCEPTED a resignation from Pam Larson from the Citizens Advisory Committee.