Monticello City Council approves auto dealership request

Cornerstone Chevrolet’s zoning and development request for the former Monticello Ford property on Highway 25 was approved Monday by city leaders.
The Cornerstone project would have been released from a previous planned use development (PUD) that includes neighboring property owned by West Metro.
Cornerstone’s proposed PUD consists of the former Monticello Ford dealership property. It includes the building site and sales display lot at the corner of Highway 25 and Chelsea Road, and the Ford storage lot directly west of the dealership on Sandberg Road. Earlier this month, the council tabled the request.
Principal Stephen Grittman with Northwest Associated Consultants said Monday night city representatives met last week with Cornerstone and West Metro and agreement between the parties was reached.
Cornerstone asked and West Metro agreed the project be brought forward as an amendment to the original PUD, rather
According to Grittman, Cornerstone didn’t object to a West Metro directional sign on its property as long as West Metro would reinstall power to the sign without using Cornerstone’s private property. The city also agreed to approve Cornerstone’s request for a 200 square-foot digital message board and other signage. Cornerstone was willing to move the monument sign further to the east along its Chelesa Road frontage, Grittman said.
Cornerstone also requested construction of a proposed pathway along Highway 25 be considered as part of a future public improvement project built by the city. “What seems small to the average person is of great importance to a business,” said Councilmember Brian Stumpf, summarizing the previous points of contention between the two parties, in particular the directional signage.
Councilmember Tom Perrault asked about the exact location of the 200 square-foot message board. Grittman said the digital sign would be located on the southeast corner of the building. Scott Powall represented Cornerstone at Monday night’s meeting. “There’s not a lot of animation used with a similar sign that we have in Elk River,” he said. “We will use it in a very respectful way.”
The city council unanimously approved the PUD and rezoning as well as a development-related public values statement and Cornerstone’s transfer of property via quit claim deed.