Council gets behind new Casey's
March 26. 2013 1:19PM
The Dell Rapids City Council approved a request to place a building and a canopy closer to roadways than ordinance allows, but there’s more red tape between the two firms pushing the development and the construction of the new convenience store.
Casey’s is in the process of purchasing LAMB Properties’ 309 West 4th Street lot, where the Dell Rapids Event Center is located.
However, city code calls for buildings to be setback from roadways by 25 feet. But, company officials from the national franchise say a Casey’s store couldn’t be build on the lot - where the Dell Rapids Event Center now sits - without a variance.
“Because Casey’s business requires a convenience store building and a canopy, Casey’s is unable to place the two structures within the setback requirements on this property,” said Casey’s Katie DeRouchery in a letter to the council. “This is due to the fact that there needs to be adequate room for maneuverability between the building and the pumps for safe traffic flow.”
But LAMB Properties Greg Ammon said despite the council’s unanimous decision to allow 20 feet, five inch set back along the north side of the property and a 15 feet, three inch setback from the south side of the property, there’s an even bigger hurdle ahead before a Casey’s in Dell Rapids becomes a reality.
As a part of the South Dakota Highway 115 reconstruction project slated for 2016 and 2017, the Department of Transportation has made no secrets about the projects impact on existing property entrances. With regards to the property where Casey’s wants to build, the state’s plans call for the reduction of the existing west entrance along the north side of the lot.
For LAMB Properties and Casey’s, that’s a problem.
Ammon said if the existing entrances to the property can’t be maintained, there’s a possibility Casey’s won’t be able to build.
Ammon and his partners have filed a written appealed to DOT Secretary Darin Bergquist.
To assist the development of a Casey’s in Dell Rapids, the city council passed a resolution in support of retaining the existing approaches along the property.
“We urge the Secretary to approve the appeal in a timely manner,” the resolution reads.
Bergquist had 15 days to make a decision after receiving LAMB’s paperwork. If the written appeal is denied, an appeal hearing will be set.
Calls to Casey’s corporate office in Ankeny, Iowa were not returned by press time.