Menards officials remain tight-lipped regarding a development planned along Ring Road, but the home improvement store has taken the final step to officially begin building its much-anticipated store in Elizabethtown.
The City of Elizabethtown recently approved a $13.5 million construction permit for the site across the street from American Legion Post 113.
“We have nothing to report at this time,” said Jessie O’Mara, Promotions Coordinator/Marketing for the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based company when the newspaper sought information on the project.
Elizabethtown Planning and Development Director Jim Shaw said the construction permit is the final step needed to begin building.
“I think they probably will be pouring the foundation next week,” Shaw said. “If it didn’t rain this week, it may have been done this week. Construction seems ready to go.”
In April, the Elizabethtown Planning Commission approved a revised development plan for the store that initially proposed a development to be known as Shaw Creek Commons.
The store, which offers a variety of products such as tools, cabinets, hardware, plumbing supplies, flooring, appliances, lumber, paint and groceries, will be a one-story, 249,884-square-foot building. It will be built on more than 25 acres of land across from the entrance to Shaw Creek Subdivision off Ring Road.
The company paid more than $5.25 million in June 2016 for the 38.5-acre site, according to property records in the county clerk’s office.
There will be outparcel lots at the front of the property and Menards will sit behind those lots, Shaw said.
The revised development plan contains two primary changes from the original plan — moving the garden center to the west side of the property, flipping the store layout and moving one of the two Ring Road entrances.
Menards initially had its development plan approved in February 2016 by the planning commission. It received at least two development extensions before presenting a revised plan earlier this year.
Some of the construction delays on the store were related to an oil transmission line owned by Sunoco that crosses a portion of the property.
Shaw said the line is near a corner of the property adjacent to Severns Valley Baptist Church.
“It’s not across the whole property,” Shaw said.
The line had to be lower on the property, officials said. Shaw said that work was completed a few months ago.
“If you didn’t know they were there, you wouldn’t have noticed them,” he said.
Former planning director Ed Poppe, now the city administrator, previously said Sam’s Club off Ring Road faced a similar dilemma when it was built along the road. The site was approved in May 2006 by the commission and the store opened in January 2009 because of construction delays partly related to relocating a stream.
Menards is a family-owned company founded in 1958 and has more than 300 home improvement stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
According to Menards’ website, its two Kentucky locations are in Owensboro and Florence. The closest Menards to Elizabethtown, according to the website, is in Jeffersonville, Indiana.