Plans for a new Hy-Vee store in Blaine took another step forward this week but residents who live nearby have concerns about the development.
On Tuesday night, the Blaine Planning Commission held a public hearing on the land rezoning, preliminary plat and conditional use permit for the construction of an 85,000 square foot Hy-Vee and convenience store at the southwest corner of Main Street and Jefferson Street.
Those who live nearby have several concerns about the project including the proposed connection of Jefferson Street with 121st Avenue which is a residential area.
A resident who spoke at the public hearing says, "We pointed out that this development would cause an increase in traffic by a city that's already plagued by traffic issues, we pointed out that this would be an aesthetic eyesore, we argued that another grocery store was not what we really needed in Blaine. From this location, there are eight other grocery options within a five mile radius and a new Hy-Vee just 7.3 miles away is being built "
More than a half dozen residents spoke out against the project. In the end, the Planning Commission approved sending it on to the Blaine City Council for consideration at its October 4th meeting.
If the project does move forward, construction could begin as soon as this fall with the opening by the end of 2019.