ALDI grocery store plans reviewed by Monticello Planning Commission

The Monticello Planning Commission reviewed discount grocery chain ALDI’s plat and conditional use permit requests during a public hearing Monday night.

Commissioners reviewed the company’s request for Outlot B in the Monticello Business Center and a conditional use permit for cross access. ALDI is a discount grocery chain that operates more than 1,200 stores located in 32 states.

There are currently 20 ALDIs in Minnesota, the company’s website stated.

A map released with ALDI’s land use application shows a proposed store location at the corner of School Boulevard and Cedar Street, across from Walmart. Principal Stephen Grittman with Northwest Associated Consultants, representing the city, stated in a background memo that ALDI’s proposed store would be zoned B-4 regional business. ALDI wants to divide the southwest corner of the existing outlot into a new 2-acre parcel for the ALDI site, with the remaining 10.11 acres of the property being maintained as an outlot.

The proposed ALDI lot will make use of two existing access points to the existing Outlot B; one off of Cedar Street, and the other off of School Boulevard. ALDI is requesting a conditional use permit to allow construction of a shared access drive and area of shared parking from the access point on both streets.

The access drive and parking area will also serve a future lot directly north and east of the proposed ALDI lot. The proposed ALDI store will be 17,018 square feet; other proposed improvements associated with the grocery store include an 81-stall parking lot, the described access drives and connection to utilities to serve the building.

See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.