CEDARBURG — Casey’s General
Store is good to go on its plan to construct a 1,479-square-foot
addition and other changes to the convenience store, but it won't be
allowed to sell alcohol.
The Town of Cedarburg Board unanimously approved Wednesday all
conditions of the conditional use permit with the exception of
allowing alcohol sales at this business located at 506 N. Wauwatosa
Road. Town Supervisor Gary Wickert was excused from the meeting.
The former Tri-Par at 506 N. Wauwatosa Road was acquired by Casey's
in 2018. Casey's General Store is a chain of convenience stores that
is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.
The purpose of the 1,479-square-foot addition would be to expand its
kitchen facilities to make food such as pizza. Casey's is the fifth
largest pizza chain in the United States.
“The intent is really to make (the addition) look like it has always
been there and to provide Casey's the ability to have a kitchen
where they can serve the products that they do at the other places,”
said Lauren Downing of ARC Design Resources, which is representing
Casey's as the civil engineer.
“We appreciate their consideration and beer is not dependent on our
sales there, it’s our pizza that is,” said Area Supervisor Michelle
Mccrea, who oversees more than 10 Casey's General Stores. “With the
upcoming construction and remodel, then we’ll be able to see that
pizza. We're still happy that we're going to get pizza.”
The original conditional use permit that Tri-Par was issued in 1998
did not allow for beer or alcohol sales.
However, Tri-Par was inadvertently issued a beer and liquor license
in 2004 and the town notified them the license would not be renewed
the following year, according to the Town Board agenda packet.
Tri-Par submitted a CUP application to amend the permit to allow for
the addition of the beer and liquor licenses in 2005 but the Town
Board denied the request.
The Town Plan Commission recommended approval with a 4-2 vote for
the permit during its meeting in December. A few residents who lived
near Casey’s spoke against allowing the convenience store to pursue
beer and alcohol licenses during the public hearing.
Before the vote on Wednesday, Mccrea said if they were allowed to
pursue beer and alcohol licenses at that location she would make
sure the store initiated a 100 percent ID policy.
Town Supervisor Bill Wattson said he was opposed to alcohol sales at
this location, noting that the convenience store is near schools and
a residential area.
“I don’t make this decision lightly because I don’t want to
interfere with someone's business but on the other hand I think the
location is problematic in this case,” he said.
Town Supervisor Wayne Pipkorn asked Mccrea if there would be onsite
consumption and she replied there would not be.
Pipkorn said he couldn’t see anybody buying a six-pack, drinking it
in the parking lot and throwing a can a half block down the road.
Town Supervisor Thomas Esser said he was skeptical of allowing
alcohol sales at the location and like Pipkorn, mentioned Casey’s is
dealing with a neighboring residential area instead of a commercial
area. Chairman David Salvaggio said his opinion hasn’t changed since
the Plan Commission meeting and agreed that because of the store’s
location there shouldn’t be alcohol sales. He added that he likes
the building and appreciated Casey’s efforts to accommodate nearby
residents by changing the landscape plantings to help block some
light from the property.
In addition, Casey’s will be updating its outdoor sign to be a
channel letter sign with LED gas prices. Downing said during the
Plan Commission meeting that the new sign will not be larger than
the existing sign and it will be located in the same spot.
A six-foot-tall cedar property line fence will be put up along the
north and east side of the property, as well as some landscaping of
plantings on Western Avenue and Wauwatosa Road.
To meet town requirements, the updated plan also includes supplying
25 parking spaces on the property. Downing said Casey's is planning
to utilize the existing pavement as much as possible to provide the
additional parking spaces.
A cedar dumpster enclosure will also be constructed.
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