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Casey’s On Track For New Building

By Staff | Jun 16, 2009

Plans to construct a new Casey’s General Store in Emmetsburg are on track. The new store will be built on current property and property adjacent to the existing Casey’s store.

Emmetsburg Board of Adjustment voted unanimously last week to approve a special exception use permit for Casey’s to build and operate a new convenience store in the city’s C-1 General Commercial District.

The only point of discussion concerned surface water runoff. The corner of Main and Lawler is prone to flooding during downpours.

At the Board of Adjustment meeting, City Administrator John Bird told the group that Casey’s is planning to capture surface water, funnel to and through a retention basin and then slowly release it into the city’s storm sewer on Lawler. The retention basin is located on the southwest corner of the property.

Emmetsburg City Council approved a zoning reclassification change from R-2 to C-1 for the new Casey’s General Store. The new structure will face north.

This will be one of the largest Casey’s in Iowa. The building will be 3,720 square feet; 40 by 90. The current store is 40 by 68 feet. The new Casey’s will have a totally new look, including state-of-the-art gas tanks, room for table and chairs inside and made-to-order sub sandwiches.

Construction of the new Casey’s General Store will take a minimum of four months, with the current store remaining open as long as possible.

Council members had questioned whether the existing trees on the property purchased by Casey’s would remain or be removed. Plans submitted to the city show removal of some trees, but trees located on public property will remain. A tree planted in memory of Middle School student Megan Wright will be moved.