Hy-Vee project in Clear Lake put on ‘pause’

by Marianne Gasaway

Construction of a Hy-Vee store in Clear Lake is among “several” projects the grocery retailer has put on pause.

“Right now, we are still working on the scope of the project, which is why work has paused,” said Dawn Buzynski, director of communications for Hy-Vee.  She declined to elaborate about conditions which prompted work to come to a halt in March.  

It was Fall 2021 when the City of Clear Lake confirmed Hy-Vee would be building in Clear Lake.  Clear Lake City Administrator Scott Flory told the City Council that discussions with Embree Development Group, of Georgetown, Texas actually started over a year prior.  A letter of intent was approved at the Sept. 21 Council meeting for the development of a six-and one-half acre parcel of property in the Willow Creek Urban Renewal Area, located north of Highway 18 near North 20th Street.  The proposed project was an $8 million, 50,000 square foot commercial and retail building with a surface parking lot on approximately six and one-half acres.  The city would offer an incremental property tax rebate for 10 years not to exceed $850,000 and a $350,000 offset to be used by the developer to finance municipal water and sanitary sewer service main extensions and service laterals. An additional $400,000 would be provided for the relocation of a 60-inch city storm sewer line.

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