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Heard on the Street: Hy-Vee charges ahead with plans for Tesla station

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The new Hy-Vee store along West Circle Drive in Rochester has two electric vehicle charging stations out front.
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Drivers of Teslaelectric cars might soon have a new Rochester spot to recharge while they pick up groceries.

Hy-Veehas submitted plans to the city for the addition of an eight-stall Tesla electric charging station in the parking lot of its Crossroads store at 500 Crossroads Drive SW.

The proposal calls for adding an electric transformer and four charge posts, each enabled to charge two vehicles.

If the plan charges ahead, it will take up the space of 10 parking stalls of the 523 spaces that Hy-Vee has in the Crossroads parking lot. That means the project would result in only the loss of two parking spots and go to 521, well above the 402 required by the city.

The Med City currently has eight electric car charging stations, including spaces at Hy-Vee's West Circle store that are powered by two small windmill generators.

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It looks like demolition crews will soon roll into East Center Street.

Demolition permits have been submitted for four houses, which are slated to be cleared away to make way for a new apartment complex to be called Riverwalk Downtown City Apartments.

The houses at 419 East Center St., 423 East Center St., 509 East Center St. and 503 East Center St. were purchased last month for a total of $1.6 million.

Developers expect to break ground on construction of The 152-unit, six-story complex in September.

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