RICHFIELD — The Village Board
has accepted two checks, totaling about $375,000, as partial payment
for some road and rail infrastructure work that will take place due
to the upcoming construction of a new Kwik Trip convenience store at
the site of a former truck stop.
As part of a developer’s 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.
The check for $75,000 was to pay for engineering work completed by
the state related to the highway work. Other infrastructure
improvements along Highway 167 to be part of the project include
closing a median on the highway so 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 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,” said Village Administrator
All of the former truck stop’s structures were demolished earlier
this year. The Village Board approved accepting the payments during
Thursday’s regular meeting. Kwik Trip officials have 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 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.
McHugh said Kwik Trip normally averages around 30-40 employees at
Kwik Trip Director of Real Estate Hans Zietlow said the company will
end up investing about $10 million in the Richfield project. That
includes the purchase of 8 acres of land, construction, store
equipment and highway and site improvements. The $10 million also
includes the amount promised to the village and the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation for the infrastructure work. Kwik Trip
is giving the village a financial guarantee with a letter of credit
in a greater amount than what they estimated the cost to be.
The project also calls for a 66-foot-wide easement on the south side
of the property, which will be vacated for construction of a new
public road on the property’s west side to allow access to other
land for future development near the Kwik Trip. That is an issue the
village has been struggling to find an answer for over the last few
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