Maple Grove forwards plan for Crave Restaurant, rooftop dining

Proposed plans for a development that would bring a Crave restaurant and Bank of America came before the Maple Grove City Council during its Monday, May 1, meeting.

The council also considered the Donegal South project.

This is a rendering of what the proposed redevelopment site of the existing Wild Bill’s restaurant would look like in Maple Grove. The Maple Grove Council considered redeveloping the site into a 7,000-square-foot Crave restaurant and 4,000-square-food Bank of America.

CRAVE/BANK OF AMERICA

The council heard from Community Development Director Dick Edwards regarding a proposal that would redevelop the existing Wild Bill’s restaurant site. The site would be developed into a 7,000-square-foot Crave restaurant and a 4,000-square-foot Bank of America.

The proposed project would be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Elm Creek Boulevard. Wild Bill’s is planning to relocate further down Elm Creek Boulevard.

The two buildings would be framed with a central landscaped and hardscaped plaza facing the Main Street intersection. There would be outdoor seating in the courtyard area for the restaurant. A second seating plaza would be on the other side of the buildings.

Crave would be located on the north side of the site. The restaurant and bank would be connected by “a corridor that would be approximately 10 feet by 40 feet wide” Edwards said. He added this area would be wide open and covered.

Edwards added, “One of the benchmark features of the Crave restaurant is the roof-top dining. This would be the first of its kind in Maple Grove. We believe this would just be an outstanding addition the vibrancy of Main Street.”

The proposed Crave restaurant would also have a roof-top dining area. The restaurant would be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Elm Creek Boulevard.

Councilor Kristy Barnett asked when the restaurant plans to open. The applicant, Dean Dovolis, with DJR Architecture, said, “Once we get approval, we will start immediately. We plan to start this month. If we’re lucky, open by Christmas. Worst case, spring to use the roof-top deck.”

The council adopted a resolution approving the development stage plan of EC North (Crave restaurant and Bank of America), subject to several conditions.

DONEGAL SOUTH

In other matters, City Planner Peter Vickerman presented the council with a proposal for the Donegal South project. The applicant was requesting a comprehensive plan amendment re-guiding 7.14 acres of land from regional mixed used to medium density residential, a concept stage plan amendment, development stage plan and rezoning for the purpose of developing the property into a 133 detached townhome development.

This project would be located west of Hemlock Lane, east of Central Park Way and south of 82nd Avenue.

The property originally received approval in 2012 for the site to be developed into 230 multi-family units.

Vickerman said the townhomes would be detached — no common/shared walls. The development would also have an association maintaining the grounds.

The homes would be 20-feet wide, with two- or three-story options. There would be 8 feet between the homes. “These types of units have not been built in this area, so it offers more variety for homeowners in this area,” Vickerman said.

The applicant Ian Peterson, with David Weekley Homes, added, “We wanted to come up with some unique and a little bit different that hasn’t been done before here. We began to look at is the row-style townhome and essentially pulling them apart.”

The Maple Grove City Council considered amending reguiding land and rezoning for the purpose of developing a 13.57 acre property into a 133 detached townhome development called Donegal South at its Monday, May 1, meeting. This development would be located east of Central Park Way and west of Hemlock Lane, just south of 82nd Avenue.

The homes would cost between $280,000 and $350,000. They are also all built with a shaft for an elevator. If the homeowner chooses not to put in an elevator, the space becomes closets.

Parking within the development would be either in the home’s driveway or 44 off-street parking spaces scattered within the development. No on-street parking would be allowed.

Access to the site would be provided by a private road system that accesses Central Park Way and Forestview Lane. No accesses would be provided off 82nd Avenue or Hemlock Lane. The roads inside the development would 24 feet in width.

Councilor Karen Jaeger asked where the snow would be put during the winter. Peterson said the snow would be plowed to the middle and either taken away in a truck or piled into the center courtyard of the development.

The council adopted a resolution amending the Gravel Mining Area Special Area Plan from mixed-use density to medium density residential subject to several conditions.

Then the council adopted an ordinance rezoning the property. Finally, the council adopted a resolution amending the concept stage plan and approved the development stage plan for the Donegal South, subject to several conditions.

OTHER

In other action, the council:

APPROVED the appointment of Steve Hauer to the position of Finance Director at an annual salary of $119,527, effective May 2 and subject to a 12-month probationary period. Hauer was also appointed as a representative to the Maple Grove Firefighters Relief Association. In a related matter, the council approved the recruitment process for an Assistant Finance Director.

AUTHORIZED staff to begin the recruitment process for a Commercial Appraiser position in the Assessing Department due to the resignation of Karla Anderson, which was accepted with an effective date of May 31.

APPROVED the promotion of Chad Fischer to the position of Lead Water and Sewer Maintenance Operator at an annual salary of $63,714, effective on May 2 and subject to a six-month probationary period.

APPOINTED Bob Henke to the Arbor Committee for a term to expire Dec. 31, 2018.

PROCLAIMED Tuesday, Aug. 1, as National Night Out in Maple Grove.