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Village gives green light

In closed session early last week, the Ellsworth Village Board accepted the planning commission's recommendation concerning the proposed Pamida building.

A lengthy discussion had ensued during the commission's meeting April 16 on the structure of the building, how much metal it would entail and whether that would comply with village ordinances.

However, during that meeting, JMW Development, the building's designers, emphasized to the commission they can't fall too far behind in plans because Pamida would like to open in November.

Therefore, the village board agreed with the commission's recommendation.

The closing date for the Pamida location in the Crossing Meadows Development is this Thursday, with the groundbreaking scheduled for mid-June. The completed construction date is targeted for September.

The building will be located on the corner of Crosstown Road and Hwy. 65, and will face south. Metal siding will encompass the east and north sides of the building due to it being below elevation with only the roof top showing. The west side and the dock area will be the same as the front, with block pillars and blue paint around each side to blend in with the canopy.

The only notable change was signage, as the village wanted to go with two poles instead of one. For more information, visit the village hall, where design plans are available for the public to see.

In other news from the closed session, the village decided to keep ownership of Outlet 1 (a.k.a. Debra Street extension), which is 66 feet of right-of-way, and granted JMW Development an easement for construction and use of Outlet 1.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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