Hy-Vee moving forward with site plans

Published 10:01 am Sunday, June 19, 2016

Parts of Oak Park Mall have been cleared away and recycled for Hy-Vee to continue work on a new grocery store.

Tara Deering-Hansen, group vice president of communications, confirmed Hy-Vee is continuing to work on the mall tenants’ exterior space, including the exteriors of Younkers, the theater and Anytime Fitness, which should be completed in the next two months.

Site paving work and installation of site utilities will begin in the next two weeks, she added.

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Hy-Vee will need a building permit from the city of Austin and recently acquired a conditional use permit (CUP) from the city.

Austin Planning and Zoning Administrator Holly Wallace said a CUP is needed because the store will be about 81,915 square feet and any building in a B-2 community business district over 70,000 square feet requires this permit.

“There are certain conditions they are required to meet,” Wallace said. “Wal-Mart went through the same process.”

Wallace added Hy-Vee could possibly expand another 28,000 square feet in the future.

Hy-Vee has about 10 conditions to comply with to get the permit, which range from complying with the city’s removal of trees mitigation preservation plan, complying with graded drainage, work with the city on extending trail and pedestrian access to making sure there’s enough green space.

“They really wanted to get it done this month,” Wallace said.

Hy-Vee acquired the mall last November with help from the city of Austin, the Austin Port Authority and a $3.65 million grant from The Hormel Foundation. Parts of the mall were demolished this spring.