STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) - No more obstacles for two proposed convenience stores on Stevens Point’s east side. City Council members approved zoning changes to allow new locations for The Store at Badger Avenue and Highway 10 and Kwik Trip at Old Highway 18 and Highway 10, just off I-39.
Public hearings for these two proposals took well over two hours, as residents of the Town of Hull and Stevens Point questioned the wisdom of putting fueling stations in a wellhead protection zone and concerns about heavy traffic using Old 18.Mayor Andrew Halverson believes reasonable precautions are being taken to protect the water. Portage County Planning and Zoning Water Quality Specialist Raymond Schmidt is comfortable with the conditional use restrictions placed on both developments as equipment and technology have improved over the past twenty years.
Fritz Schierl says their company is hoping to start construction of The Store at the Badger Avenue and Highway 10 site in the first quarter of next year after they complete some planning details...
The Kwik Trip site has 31 conditions as part of it’s conditional use zoning permit, many of which address environmental protection. When built, it will be the most strictly regulated store in the company. Kwik Trip is already underway with replacing their North Division Street store in Stevens Point.