Plan commission considers Super One projectPlans to build a new 55,000-60,000-square-foot Super One store in Superior’s East End start rolling next week when Miner’s Inc. presents its proposal to the city’s Plan Commission.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Plans to build a new 55,000-60,000-square-foot Super One store in Superior’s East End start rolling next week when Miner’s Inc. presents its proposal to the city’s Plan Commission.
The commission meets to consider vacating streets and alleys, and rezoning an area between 22nd and 23rd Avenues East, east of U.S. Highways 2/53 to the alley between East Fourth and East Fifth streets.
The rezoning would create a highway commercial zone in the area, allowing Miner’s Inc. to move ahead with plans to invest between $10 million and $11 million in the new, larger store with greater visibility than it has at its current location on East Fifth Street.
Many believe the higher profile store could be a boon for the East End Business District.
But it’s also a plan that doesn’t make everyone in the neighborhood happy.
“While we need to have economic growth, there needs to be a balance between economic development and the impact on residents,” Linda Kahler wrote in a letter to the Telegram last month, condemning Miner’s, city officials and the newspaper for pressuring a homeowner to sell his home after 27 other property owners, including one business, agreed to sell.
Miner’s Inc. has since acquired that property.
Kahler questioned the safety of the remaining residential neighborhood with an increased traffic volume expected.
An estimated 12,000 vehicles a week — which could include travelers headed to Iron River and the North Shore — are expected to stop at the store once it opens, drawing additional traffic to the adjacent business district on East Fifth Street.
In addition to the new zoning, the Plan Commission will consider closing East Third and East Fourth streets and alleys in the project area.
The commission meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 201 of the Government Center to consider the issues.