The rumors are true. Albertsons wants to build in Kaysville, just south of the post office, to create the city's second grocery store.
However, because store officials prefer more parking spaces than the city requires, they have requested that the City Council vacate 100 West between 200 North and Main to create a larger parking lot.A public hearing on the request for that street closure will be Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Floyd Hatch of the Intermountain Realty Group of Salt Lake City represents Albertsons in the Kaysville land purchase. He said while the city only requires 31/2 parking spaces per 1,000 square feet of store space, Albertsons prefers approximately four parking stalls per 1,000 square feet. This equals just over 200 parking spaces since the Kaysville Albertsons would cover 51,000 square feet - comparable with the company's Layton Fairfield store.
Albertsons has three parcels of land under separate ownership under contract to build the new store, located in the heart of the city's business district. Hatch said the store has developed a tentative site plan but will be flexible.
"They're ready to go . . . We want your feedback and to know what the city would like," he told the council.
Hatch also said Albertsons is working with the post office so that access to that facility would not be hindered. Albertsons plans would also not cost the post office funds for any additional improvements.
Several City Council members consider the vacation of 100 West a safety issue in a congested area where traffic concerns are already apparent.
Albertsons would maintain the street, if closed, and Hatch said the additional land would add even more commercial property tax revenue to the city.
Albertsons request for a street vacation follows a similar request by the city's only other grocery store - Bowman's Thriftway - to vacate a portion of 200 West near Main so that the company can construct a new $6 million building.
The City Council initially denied that request, but Bowman's has since paid for a traffic study in the area. A work meeting with the City Council to discuss the findings of that traffic study is set for Tuesday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m. at City Hall.