Restaurants with drive-thrus planned
The Brooklyn Park City Council unanimously approved a development plan and preliminary plat for the proposed retail and commercial development at the northwest corner of 93rd and Zane Avenues at its Aug. 28 meeting.
The proposed development plan includes four buildings. Two restaurants with drive-thrus, a financial institution building with a drive-thru, and a small multi-tenant retail building with a drive-thru are all proposed for the site.
The developer will be creating a private, shared driveway running from 91st to 93rd avenues. A median would be constructed on 93rd Avenue, with access to the site being right-in and right-out.
A representative from Ryan Companies declined to comment on which users may end up on the site.
City Planner Cindy Sherman said that the addition of traffic lights in the area will depend on triggers and measures that are primarily under county control. There is no set schedule for when that would occur, she said.
In 2015, the council approved a development plan for the 610-Zane area, which is bounded by Zane, 93rd and Hampshire avenues and Highway 610. This earlier plan included retail and business park uses, including the Hy-Vee and Star Exhibits developments.
Sherman said that while the city asks developers to bring forward sit-down restaurants, developers have said that the current market in Brooklyn Park will not support such restaurants.
“The business models of the people who do sit down, even Paneras and Chipotles, they all want drive-thrus, and it’s done because people have no patience to sit at a sit-down restaurant anymore,” said Mayor Jeff Lunde.
When this earlier plan was adopted, developers planned to have some sort of retail use on the southeast portion of the site, but they did not have any leads for a user, and said they would come back as the site gathered more market interest.
The development plan also indicates approximately where parking, access points and buildings will be placed.
By approving the plan and a plat subdividing the property, the developer can grade the property, install utilities and can construct a shared roadway on the property.
All individual users will still need to come to the city for conditional-use permits.
The planning commission unanimously recommended approval of the plan.