Hartford panel recommends annexation for Casey’s General Store


Feb. 25, 2018

A “For Sale” sign is seen near a collection of older barn buildings on a lot near a strip mall and Walmart on Jan. 16 in Hartford. The city’s plan commission has recommended annexing the land, which would lead to a Casey’s General Store to be built at the location.
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The possibility of a Casey’s General Store being built in Hartford is nearing reality.

On Monday, the Hartford Plan Commission recommended the Common Council approve a petition by Gary and Laura Doll to annex about 1.8 acres near the intersection of Highway 60 and Liberty Avenue in the town of Hartford, but adjacent to the city. The Dolls want the property added to the city so they can then sell the property to allow construction of a Casey’s General Store.

“The annexation petition goes to Common Council next Tuesday for a public hearing and potential action,” said City Planner and Director of Community Development Justin Drew. It needs the Council’s final approval to happen.

James Pistillo, vice president of accounting and treasurer of Casey’s General Stores Inc., said the company has been meeting with city officials to discuss various permits and other details to potentially position the company to build.

“Many of these processes move forward and result in a new store, but at least some of these drop out over time due to challenges for any number of reasons,” Pistillo said. “So while it would be fair to say we are discussing the potential for a site, nothing is final yet. If we get all the clearances we need from the city, and we can finalize negotiations with the seller and close on the deal.”

Pistillo said that usually starts the clock on about a six-month building process, weather permitting.

“We aren’t there yet but we are working toward that,” Pistillo said.

Arc Design Resources of Loves Park, Illinois, is in charge of the project’s preliminary design plans.

“The store would include 10 fuel pump stations and a convenience store with numerous prepackaged and fresh food options,” Drew said. “If all needed approvals are obtained additional details regarding landscaping, building design and engineering would come before the Plan Commission as part of a more in-depth site plan review.”

The Commission approved the site plan for the project at the January meeting.

According to the site plan, the proposed fuel canopy would be toward the east end of the property and two driveways would be used at the new business. One would access Liberty Avenue. Given the presence of a raised median on Liberty Avenue between Highway 60 and Thiel Street, this driveway would have to be a right-turn only entrance and exit only.

According to the company’s website, Casey’s General Stores Inc. is a chain of convenience stores in the Midwestern U.S. The company is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa. The store locations offer made-from-scratch pizza, coffee, donuts, subs, sandwiches and more.