Hotel on the horizon in Rosemount?

Plan could result in city new development

Country Inn & Suites has submitted a drawing depicting what a hotel development near the junction of Highway 3 and County Road 42 might look like. The plan is part of the proposed development by KJ Walk Inc., which includes a Super America gas station and car wash on the east end of the property. Graphic from the city of Rosemount

A hotel and a gas station may soon be coming to the northeast corner of County Road 42 and Highway 3 in Rosemount, but not as fast as the landowner might like.

KJ Walk Inc.’s plan for a future Super America gas station and Country Inn & Suites was generally well received during Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, but changes to the gas station lot design and concerns about traffic counts will mean the review will continue to the Oct. 23 meeting.

Company owner Warren Israelson sought preliminary plat approval regarding the gas station portion of the plan so building could ensue as fast as possible for a potential spring opening, but he realized that might not be possible.

“If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work,” Israelson said of the potential five-row pump station and car wash.

Late changes to the gas station lot design aimed to address staff concerns about it.

Those changes included removing one access, adding additional screening for the neighborhood to the north and accommodating a 25-foot Dakota County Road 42 right of way that could be needed for the County Road 42 going to six lanes by 2030.

Commission chairman John Powell suggested that the changes needed staff review before the commission could rule on a preliminary plat approval.

Commissioners agreed and tabled it in addition, continuing the public hearing regarding the proposal.

Wade Miller, a commission member, was concerned about traffic counts along a future 149th Street.

Staff members will offer a review of potential traffic counts along those roads.

Questions were raised about the viability of the gas station with so many in close proximity (BP, Kwik Trip, Holiday) and since the Marathon recently closed and is for sale on South Robert Trail.

Miller was concerned if the station were to close because of too much competition since redevelopment of a gas station has challenges.

Israelson said he was not aware of Super America’s market analysis, but said the company would run this location itself and recently added a row of pumps to the plan.

“They feel very confident in the location,” he said.

As for the three-story hotel plan, it is further out from development. In fact, about the only item city staff has received regarding the proposal is a drawing of what the building might look like.

The initial plan, which was submitted to the city in September by the company, shows it close to Highway 3, but facing County Road 42.