RICHFIELD — Changes in a
developer’s agreement between the village Kwik Trip Inc. should have
no impact and cause no delay in the start of construction of the
company’s new, multimillion-dollar store in the village on the site
of a former truck stop near the intersection of Highways 41/45 and
The Village Board unanimously approved the changes on Thursday.
Village Administrator Jim Healy said discussion by the board
centered around the Wisconsin Department of Transportation because
they were requiring the village to change the order of operations
from the original developer’s agreement.
“The DOT won’t give access to a state highway to a private business
for the purpose of a public road,” Healy said. “Instead of the
village acquiring the property for the road after it’s completed,
the village had to acquire the land before the project began. The
area was proposed to be dedicated to the village after all of the
road infrastructure improvements had been made. Here they have to
dedicate it to us beforehand which is unusual for the village, but
since Kwik Trip has given us and we’re holding $400,000 in cash in
addition to the $1.3 million that we’re holding in a letter of
credit to protect the taxpayers, it was decided to make the change.”
Kwik Trip officials told the Daily News that construction is still
set to begin on July 15.
“The first shovels are supposed to go in the ground then,” John
McHugh, Kwik Trip’s director of public relations, said. “The store
is projected to open the first week of December.”
The company bought the old Richfield Truck Stop-Exxon gas station
last fall and several weeks later demolition of the old buildings
began. The site now is vacant. The state commissioner of railroads
has also given the go-ahead for improvements needed to the rail
crossing on Holy Hill Road because the road will be widened as part
of work required to improve traffic around the new store and at
Highway 41/45 and Holy Hill Road.
“The [railroad commissioner’s office] required an additional
pavement improvement that Kwik Trip agreed to, which basically
replaced the pavement between the rails,' Healy said.
As part of the agreement with the village, Kwik Trip has promised to
pay $1.3 million for infrastructure improvements near the new store
site. Those improvements include the changes at the railroad
crossing, which had an estimated cost of about $300,000. Other
infrastructure improvements along Highway 167 to be part of the
project include closing a median on Highway 167 so that no left
turns can be made from the right-in only access point, the
realignment of the access point to the Thrifty Car Rental site
(directly south) and a lighted intersection on Highway 167 that will
include stop lights.
The proposed convenience store was projected to be 8,847-square-feet
with an attached dumpster enclosure, gas fueling canopy, detached
storage shed and a separate diesel fueling area.
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