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Plans move ahead for Kwik Trip

Workers put up a fence along 28th Street in Superior on Tuesday morning on the site where a Kwik Trip will go in. Construction is slated to start soon. (Jed Carlson/

Construction is about to get underway at three sites in the city where new Kwik Trip stores will open by time the snow flies next fall.

And plans for a fourth store in Superior are moving ahead with construction slated for 2015.

Construction on Tower Avenue officially got underway Tuesday with the installation of a fence at North 28th Street on Tower Avenue, said Scott Teigen, chief financial officer of Kwik Trip.

The former BP Nemadji Travel Plaza is down and construction at that site gets underway in two weeks, Teigen said. Two weeks after that, he said construction gets underway at Banks Avenue and Belknap Street. Crews are installing a fence there and backfilling the old foundation of the former Supreme Courts.

Tuesday, as the company’s planning was starting to show signs of coming to fruition, the Superior Plan Commission gave preliminary approval to rezone property in the 2100 block of East Third Street and vacate an alley between 21st and 22nd avenues east and East Second and East Third Streets.

The portion of the alley Kwik Trip is hoping to vacate extends from Culver’s to 22nd Avenue East with a reroute to East Third Street.

The company has also acquired three properties on the site for construction of the new store on a sight formerly owned by BP.

The configuration is similar to that required when CVS built its new pharmacy at North 28th Street and Tower Avenue, said Jason Serck, economic development, planning and port director. The end result was an L-shaped alley that provided access for neighboring property owners and city services such as trash collection.

Serck said he’s had discussions with Culver’s owner, Kyle Mehlum, to work through the issues the alley reconfiguration could create.

Mehlum said he had some initial concerns about access, but with Culver’s due for renovations in the near future, he said it could create opportunity for a really nice commercial area with the new Super One Foods Store, Culver’s and Kwik Trip.

In other business:

• The Plan Commission approved vacating streets and alleys, and preliminary plat for Spartan Circle to accommodate 33 residential building sites. Developer Ron Gustafson hopes to begin installing infrastructure and building roads for the new housing development near the high school later this spring.

• The commission also approved vacating a portion of Second Avenue East between East Fifth and East Sixth streets for potential development of a four-plex.

• Held a proposal to vacate John Avenue between Winter and Broadway streets in committee for further review.

• Approved certified survey maps for development of four acres of property at Susquehanna Avenue and Halvor Lane, owned by Atwater Group for a planned development.

• Approved a certified survey map for development of Advanced Auto Parts at North 20th Street and Tower Avenue.

“It’s a pleasure to see all this progress,” said Plan Commissioner and City Councilor Tom Fennessey.