Kasson Shopko Development Clears Another Hurdle

Created: 02/26/2014 10:55 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- Tonight a proposed Shopko project in Kasson took a step forward, despite a previous setback. The decision at Wednesday’s city council meeting in Kasson was nearly unanimous. Only one member voted against taking a crucial step in bringing a Shopko to town.

The mere idea of turning a park into a retail space made blood boil when we first broke this story back in October. Four months and several community and city meetings later, plans to develop this park are moving forward.

“Very disappointed, I don’t feel like all of the questions have been answered,” said Kasson Resident, Sandra Musolf.

Wednesday the city council decided to vote in favor of re-zoning Lions Park and nearby properties from residential to commercial. It was something the planning and zoning committee recently rejected.

“If we keep out businesses why would any want to come here, this is a good opportunity and I thought we should take it,” said Lorraine Hopkins, Kasson City Council Member.

The 36,000 square foot building would come with up to 140 parking spaces, as well as a green space to address flooding concerns. The site developer Oppidan says location right off Highway 14 is key. It's also the same reason those who live across the street have been furious.

“It’s sad, that’s all I can say it’s sad, and they don’t care, they aren’t listening,” said Kasson Resident, Judy Ruport.

Now this isn't a done deal, the city has looked into the incentive package it'll offer Shopko's developers. The public will have a chance to weigh in at a later council meeting.