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Heard on the Street: New northwest development moving ahead

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The next large commercial development in northwest Rochester is gearing up to start carving out roads and putting in utilities.

West Circle Commercial, an open 48-acre area at West Circle Drive and Valleyhigh Drive Northwest, is going before the Rochester City Councilon Monday to get approval to subdivide in one commercial lot with five outlots.

This project is the younger and smaller sibling to the nearby 100-acre Costcoarea, which now houses three hotels, the popular Five Westrestaurant, Goodwilland other businesses.

Northwest Investments, a development subsidiary of the Kwik Tripconvenience store chain, is the developer behind both projects.

Hans Zietlowof Northwest Investment says he doesn't have any major commitments for the West Circle Commercial business, but he expects that to change once roads are in place.

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"The way it works, if you want to get really good tenants, they are not really going to look at it until the utilities and infrastructure is in," he said."It will be similar to Costco.

Zietlow expects the roads to be completed by June or July. That will clear the way for the marketing of the development to begin in earnest.

However, there should be a couple of early tenants building out there by summer.

Kwik Trip plans to build a new convenience store. That will be the 14th Rochester location for the Wisconsin retailer.

"I do have one other party that wants to build in the spring, so we'll have a couple buildings going up," Zeitlow said.

Biz buzz

The word from the countryside is that some activity at a small town landmark could mean that it will start cooking once again, after being shuttered for a year.

If accurate, that should make a lot of people west of the Med City happy.

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I'm hunting for more details. Hopefully, I'll bag some soon.

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