Plans move forward for new grocery complex, Allina clinic in Isanti

fr_IsantiIsanti Mayor George Wimmer announced plans are moving forward for a new grocery store complex and an Allina clinic facility during the Oct. 20 Isanti City Council meeting.

The council received a request from Property Resource Group on behalf of Isanti Holdings for a site plan and building appearance approval for a grocer and approval of a conditional use permit for a gas station, car wash, drive-thru and pharmacy.

The complex will be built in Isanti Commons, First Addition, on approximately 6.45 acres, just south of Lake State Credit Union, with Highway 65 to the west and Sixth Avenue Northeast to the east.

The building is 45,636 square feet with a 5,888-square-foot mezzanine and includes a pharmacy and coffee shop, each with a separate drive-thru. There will be several additional uses on the lot, including a gas station, with a 1,325-square-feet convenience store, a car wash and seasonal garden center. The pharmacy, drive-thru, gas station and car wash require a conditional use permit. There will also be outdoor seating for the coffee shop.

During the council meeting, the council approved the site plan, building appearance and conditional use permit for the project.

In a press release issued Oct. 26, Coborn’s Inc. announced it is bringing the grocery store coming to Isanti, with Caribou Coffee named as the coffee shop. Construction will begin in November 2015 and the store will open in early summer. The store is expected to hire around 100 employees.

“From the product selection and services to the design layout, Coborn’s is committed to delivering a remarkable shopping experience that meets the needs of the community. This new format of Coborn’s store has been designed to inspire happiness, healthy living and simplicity, one guest at a time,” said Coborn’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. “We’re looking forward to serving the Isanti community and being an active and engaged employer in the area.”

The press release also stated Coborn’s chose to build in Isanti because the community is healthy and vibrant, with a median age of 28. By 2020, the number of households in Isanti is projected to grow by 9.6 percent, according to a January 2015 report on the East Central Regional Housing Collaborative by Maxfield Research.

St. Cloud-based Coborn’s is an employee-owned grocery retailer with around 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners.

Allina Health medical center
Also during the council meeting, the council approved a site plan and building appearance for Allina Health to construct a medical center on property located within Anlauf Commercial Park. The request was made by MSP Commercial on behalf of Mille Lacs Oil Co.

The building is proposed to be 17,000 square feet, with a possible 2,000-square-foot addition, bringing the total build-out to 19,000 square feet. The property is located with Highway 65 to the east, and Fifth Avenue Northeast and Cherrywood Street Northeast to its west. Alex Young, with MSP, said a signage plan still has to be submitted to city staff.

Jon Ward, northern regional district director for Allina Hospitals and Clinics, explained the medical center will house six or seven primary care physicians and offer speciality services, such as lab and X-ray. The facility will employ 30 to 35 employees.