NEW: Southtown Shopping Center Redevelopment (Hy-Vee)

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Development applications are under review for a partial redevelopment within the Southtown Shopping Center. The applications entail demolishing the former Toys R Us and Herbergers building to accommodate a 132,500 square foot HyVee grocery store. In addition to the new grocery store, the Southtown bowling alley would be converted to a 26,000 square foot HyVee wine and spirits store with additional retail space for a future tenant.

Development plans also entail significant site improvements to parking, pedestrian connections, landscaping, and exterior lighting. Traffic circulation would be improved at Southtown’s Penn Avenue entrance, although traffic engineering work is ongoing.

Future development phases are also planned. With Metro Transit’s Orange Line becoming operational this fall, Knox Avenue is an ideal location for higher density residential and office development. No specific timeline is proposed for future development phases.

Development applications are under review for a partial redevelopment within the Southtown Shopping Center. The applications entail demolishing the former Toys R Us and Herbergers building to accommodate a 132,500 square foot HyVee grocery store. In addition to the new grocery store, the Southtown bowling alley would be converted to a 26,000 square foot HyVee wine and spirits store with additional retail space for a future tenant.

Development plans also entail significant site improvements to parking, pedestrian connections, landscaping, and exterior lighting. Traffic circulation would be improved at Southtown’s Penn Avenue entrance, although traffic engineering work is ongoing.

Future development phases are also planned. With Metro Transit’s Orange Line becoming operational this fall, Knox Avenue is an ideal location for higher density residential and office development. No specific timeline is proposed for future development phases.

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    Is there any chance that this could be re-designed in a way that preserves the Southtown bowling alley? Communities need to have all kinds of amenities to truly thrive and I believe bowling alleys are great family friendly areas that need to be preserved.

    Durangotech asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for the question. The proposal to have a HyVee grocery store on the north side of the site and a Wall to Wall Wine and Spirits store where the bowling alley is located was designed by the property owner and HyVee. While it is possible the development be could redesigned to retain the bowling alley, that is not what the property owner has submitted to the City for review. Ultimately, it is up to the property owner, Kraus-Anderson, to determine the Southtown tenant mix so long as those businesses are permitted by the City Zoning Code. Retail sales, as is proposed with the liquor store, is permitted.

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