Albertville approves drive-through service for Caribou

The Albertville City Council approved a plan for a drive-through service at the Caribou Coffee at Albertville Crossing (Coborn’s).

The council also approved an expansion plan for Albertville Primary School and took action on other issues.


City Planner Alan Brixius noted that in 2002, the city approved the subdivision and conditional use/planned unit development for Albertville Crossing, a commercial shopping area located at the southeast corner of County Road 19 and 57th Street.

This approval included the Coborn’s Supermarket with a liquor store and Lil Dukes convenience store and gas sales.

Brixius said Coborn’s is undergoing a store remodel that relocates Coborn’s Liquor to another shopping center tenant bay as a standalone store.

“They are expanding the grocery store into the old liquor store floor space to offer a broader variety of goods and services,” he said in his memo to the council. “A part of the remodel includes the introduction of a Caribou Coffee into the store and expanded dining for the store’s deli section.”

In addition to the interior site changes, Coborn’s is requesting a drive-through service lane for Caribou, and the addition of a fifth gas pump to the existing gas service area on the north side of the building.

The City Council approved rezoning and conditional use permits.


In other news, staff said the St. Michael-Albertville School District has submitted an application for a Conditional Use Permit to relocate the existing parking lot and expand Albertville Primary School at 5386 Main Avenue NE.

The proposal would expand the school by approximately 16,760 square feet and relocate the parking lot to the east. One total parking space would be lost.

The Albertville Planning Commission hosted a public hearing, reviewed the Conditional Use Permit application, the Planning Report dated Aug. 3, the Engineering Report dated Aug. 2, and heard public testimony Aug. 8.

At the close of the public hearing, the Planning Commission recommended the council approve the Conditional Use Permit with the conditions.

Staff identified the following key issues:

  • The Albertville Primary School was granted a Conditional Use Permit in 1998; any expansion requires another application.
  • The proposal increases the size of the building by approximately 17,000 square feet and removes one total parking space.
  • The proposed building expansion meets the lot area, lot width, and building setbacks for the Institutional Zoning District.
  • The required accessible parking must be expanded by at least one space to meet city and ADA standards.

The council ended up approving a resolution approving the conditional use permit.

In other action, the council:

HEARD that construction of the new Central Park depot building will begin in late September.

APPROVED a two-year renewal for contracted law enforcement services from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

HEARD that the city has received two development applications for residential homes — Towne Lakes Seventh Addition and Hunters Pass Third Addition, both located around School and Mud lakes north of I-94 and east of County Rd. 19.