Retail building and restaurant plan approved

A closed Coon Rapids bank building will soon become a multi-tenant retail building plus a restaurant.

The Coon Rapids Planning Commission May 16 approved a site plan submitted by DJR Architecture, Inc., Minneapolis, for an 11,200 square-foot multi-tenant commercial building and a 4,090 square-foot restaurant, to be called Sentrum Center, at 3350 River Rapids Drive.

The site at Main Street and Round Lake Boulevard was previously the location of the Sterling Bank building, which will be demolished, according to Planner Scott Harlicker.

While not confirmed, site plan documents identify the restaurant as Panera Bread, Harlicker said.

It will have 90 seats and a drive-through window, he said.

The site plan also includes 36 outdoor seats on the south side, Harlicker said.

In a letter to the city, Sheldon Berg, principal, DJR Architecture, Inc., said the outdoor seating would be an amenity to the development and to the city itself as “it creates a more dynamic and active space.”

The retail building has been designed for three tenants, according to Harlicker.

Site access will be provided by a shared driveway with the future Chick-fil-A restaurant and Walgreens to River Rapids Drive.

Several staff recommended conditions were made part of the site plan approval by the commission.

They include irrigating all landscaped areas and revising the landscape plan to include two more street trees (13 are proposed), 84 shrubs and four open space overstory trees plus a three-foot high berm between Main Street and the paved areas comprising a hedge and berming or a combination of the two.

The site plan proposes a rain garden between the retail building and Round Lake Boulevard and a detailed planting plan will have to be submitted.

Parking must include the 95 stalls shown on the site plan, as well as submission of proof-of-parking for five additional, angled stalls near the entrance.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]