Bend leaders OK steps for Kwik Trip in city's northeast
By McLean Bennett
WEST BEND — Common Council
members here this week took a few key steps toward permitting
construction of a new Kwik Trip gas station and convenience store on
the city’s far northeast side.
The city still needs to hammer out a development agreement with the
company, but elected officials on Monday night authorized zoning and
comprehensive plan changes to a small parcel near the corner of
Washington Street and Schoenhaar Drive. The moves would pave the way
for the future construction, which Mayor Kraig Sadownikow said would
involve razing an existing gas station and replacing it with one of
the ubiquitous Kwik Trips.
The new gas station could mean building a set of traffic signals at
the Schoenhaar-Washington intersection — a move Sadownikow said he
questioned. He noted an existing set of signals at the nearby
intersection of Washington Street and River Road.
Asked by a council member whether the two nearby sets of stoplights
could be coordinated to change in sync with each other, possibly
easing traffic concerns, city engineer Max Marechal said doing so
City Administrator Jay Shambeau said Monday construction could kick
off by next year if next steps move smoothly.