10/4/2012 1:47:00 PM Casey's applies for 52/19 C-store
by Ken Haggerty
Casey's General Store, Inc. is looking to raze the old gas station at the intersection of Highways 52 and 19 in Cannon Falls and build an all new eight-pump, 4,000 square foot gas station/convenience store on the site.
The former owners went into bankruptcy and the gas station has been closed for about two years. Goodhue County has the existing site and building valued for property tax purposes at about $325,000 with annual taxes due of about $11,000.
A public hearing on the application is scheduled for October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. The company is requesting a variance to the rear yard setback requirement, a variance to the landscaped yard standards and for a conditional use permit.
Casey's wants a variance from the 30 foot rear setback to make better use of the lot. A conditional use permit is required for the type of business in that zoning district. The variance on the landscaped yard standards relates to the amount of required impervious surface.
Cannon Falls Economic Development director Dave Maroney says Casey's has a purchase agreement in place for the property and may try to start construction yet this year if it can clear the zoning process.
Going way back, the site was the past home of the Westwind Cafe run by Jim Weber and then a service station run by Pete Remme.
If it does re-open, it will be the second gas station in Cannon Falls that has been closed and empty over the recent years that has gone through foreclosure and is seeing new life. Bobbi and Jeff Thomas recently reopened a closed gas station on Hwy. 20 on the north side of Cannon Falls under the new name of Quik Stop. Another gas station further north on Hwy. 20 remains closed.
Casey's General Store was started in and is headquartered out of Iowa. It currently has about 1,700 stores. Locally, it has stores in Zumbrota and Northfield. It targets communities of 5,000 or less.