At their meeting Monday night, the Golden Valley Planning Commission spent more than an hour discussing a proposed retail site and gas station upgrade that could come to the intersection of Boone Avenue North and Highway 55.
The 1.87 acres of land is now owned by Linn Investment Properties, and the company wants to spruce up the partially vacant space.
According to commission documents, the new retail development would be 4,920 square feet and could house four businesses. The existing BP Gas Station located on the property would be updated with stone pillars, a new car wash and a convenience store.
Commissioners weren’t opposed to the construction or remodeling, but were concerned about parking requirements and stormwater management practices. Commissioner Mike Kisch questioned the need for so many parking spaces. Since the proposed PUD is near Basset Creek, increased parking stalls could mean more runoff.
While Steve Linn, CEO of Linn Investment Properties, said that extra parking is a necessity, he noted that his company has already thought about stormwater management.
“We would add reclaim tanks to the car wash,” Linn said. “The tanks reuse and recycle all but the rinse cycle water.”
In addition to the car wash tanks, the site will use filter manholes that will treat all the runoff and prevent suspended solids from flowing downstream to Basset Creek.
The Planning Commission approved the preliminary PUD with conditions that included follow-up discussions about parking, stormwater management, landscaping and design standards. If the City Council approves the preliminary and final PUD plans, preparation for construction could begin this year.
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