Just for Kix prepares to build in Medina

Just for Kix is close to getting key approvals from the city of Medina for construction of a dance studio and retail store near the intersection of Highway 55 with Sioux Drive/ County Road 101.
The Medina City Council directed city staff to draft several approval resolutions for Just for Kix, which would be the eastern neighbor of the Aldi grocery store on the southeast corner of Highway 55 and Sioux Drive. At the meeting, the City Council also took up other business. Here are meeting highlights.

JUST FOR KIX
City Planner Dusty Finke described a complex series of approvals needed for the Just for Kix project to go forward.
The eastern portion of the property at 45 Highway 55 was located in the city of Plymouth and the western portion was located in Medina. In anticipation of the Just for Kix application, Medina annexed into the city the chunk of land that was located in Plymouth. Taking the next step, Clough Properties, LLC, owner of Medina Just for Kix, asked Medina to combine the two lots. The City Council directed staff to bring back an approval resolution for the lot combination.
The council asked for a similar resolution approving the site plan. Just for Kix proposed construction of an 18,040 square foot building in two phases, beginning with a 12,790 square foot structure. The second phase would get automatic approval, if it were constructed within three years of first phase approval.
Just for Kix decided to give up its access to Highway 55, thus following the policy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation for closing as many accesses to the state highway as possible. The studio’s clientele would share an access road with customers of the Aldi store to the west. The road exits to Sioux Drive, south of Highway 55. Emergency access to Just for Kix would be from Highway 55.
Mayor Bob Mitchell looked at the proposed exterior building materials and said he liked the appearance of the brick façade. He expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that most of the exterior façade would be made from precast concrete. He asked the builder, ISG architects/ engineers/ planners, to explore ways to incorporate a higher percentage of brick in the exterior.
The City Council directed staff to prepare a resolution approving a site plan that would include a final updated architectural plan.
Just for Kix also requested approval for a variance that would allow for 50 percent of the site to be hardcover in the Elm Creek Shoreland Overlay District. Without a variance, the maximum allowable hardcover would be 25 percent. The City Council directed staff to prepare a resolution approving the request.

CENTERPOINT GRANT
Kevin Busscher, of CenterPoint Energy, presented a $1,560 check to Mayor Mitchell. The check was proceeds from a CenterPoint Community Partnership Grant. The company recently awarded the grant to Medina to pay for a radar speed indicator sign that will be used by the Medina Police Department.
CenterPoint Energy’s Community Partnership Grant Program awards grants to local communities to fund safety-related equipment and projects. Over the past 14 years, through this grant program, CenterPoint has contributed over $1 million dollars in donations to communities for safety initiatives.

FIREWORKS
The City Council approved a contract with RES Specialty Pyrotechnics to provide fireworks for Medina Celebration Day at a cost of $4,000. Each year community businesses and organizations donate money to pay for Celebration Day fireworks. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17.
In his proposal letter, Adam Guthrie, of RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, said, “I personally guarantee you a show with a finale so intense that you will forget to breath.”

CSO RESIGNS
The City Council accepted the resignation of Community Service Officer Brandon Wenande, who served with the Medina Police Department for two years. He is headed for a deputy sheriff position with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
“We wish we could keep him,” said City Administrator Scott Johnson. “He is moving on to an excellent opportunity.”
Medina Police Chief Ed Belland said, “Brandon has done an excellent job for our department.”
He continued, “He has taken our Bike Rodeo and moved it to the next level and has been very successful in all the community events. He took on the computer updates for our squads and has been very effective working on nuisance complaints.”
The council also authorized the recruitment for Wenande’s successor.

CITY HALL REMODELLING
The council approved quotes for repainting the upper level of City Hall and for carpeting in the upstairs office areas.

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