Kara Hildreth / contributor
Approval for a new Aldi's grocery store is in the bag. The Farmington Planning Commission on Sept. 12 approved a site plan and conditional use permit to build a 22,245-square-foot grocery store at the southeast intersection of Knutsen Drive and Dushane Parkway in Vermillion River Crossings development off Highway 50. The German-owned grocery chain will be the second grocery store in town. Last year, the Iowa grocery chain Hy-Vee purchased land in Vermillion River Crossings and plan to build in the next few years.
Maria Therres enjoys the sights outside her window as she lives on her family's Meadowbrook Farm. "The wildlife is amazing to see and the river is right out my window and in the winter you can see steam rising the morning, and you can see deer, turkey, pheasants and rabbits and we had two white squirrels this summer," said Therres, owner of a sesquicentennial farm in Vermillion Township.
The Farmington City Council and staff are exploring how to fund long-term deferred maintenance on city-owned buildings that total nearly $10 million. A 2017 Facility Analysis Report summarizing a building study was presented to the council recently by John McNamara of Wold Architects. The study identifies short- and long-term deferred maintenance needs of the interior and exterior of city buildings. The purpose of the study was to ballpark future estimated costs associated with addressing the maintenance issues.
Farmington Rotary Club's Ramble Jam is building a reputation as the place for up-and-coming country music musicians in an outdoor venue. Each year Ramble Jam promises to deliver live music with bands who satisfy the soul. The festival is for all who love country music and even a few who may be on the fence and may like a little country and a little rock 'n' roll. Farmington Rotarian Lori Jensen, fundraising chair for Ramble Jam, said this year all the hard work paid off. The club will be ready to give back to local groups and fund local scholarships.
When Farmington School District was looking to hire a new operations director, the career opportunity intrigued Dan Miller. "It very much intrigued me because I grew up doing construction work with my Dad and that is what he did, commercial construction," Miller said. Miller learned about the building trades and construction projects during the summer months and on school breaks.
Living with the nickname "Miracle Baby," Michael Field is a happy teenager who gladly shares all the details from his Dream Come True trip to New York City and Philadelphia. Field, 16, of Farmington was awarded a Dream Come True Trip from the Sunshine Foundation this summer. Michael said he will always remember this family trip.
School begins for area students.
The Farmington City Council voted last month to eliminate licensing requirements from the city's code. Adam Kienberger, city community development director, spoke Aug. 21 of the de-regulation and how city staff want to work on ways to help small business and attract new businesses to the city. "As part of an ongoing effort to support local businesses and reduce unnecessary regulation, the staff is proposing to eliminate some licensing requirements in the city code," Kienberger said. The change eliminates a requirement for a gaming device license.
Regetta Fields will be a new housing development on farmland off Flagstaff Avenue near Farmington High School. The Farmington City Council approved the preliminary and final plat for Tim Giles of Giles Properties, Inc., to build the new housing development at the Aug. 21 council meeting. The farmland property owner is Richard Sayers. The development will be located off Highway 50 and Flagstaff Avenue. The housing development will eventually include 61 lots on 24 acres. The agricultural land is surrounded by clusters of residential properties.
Farmington Mall shops curb appeal and is busy marketing renovated commercial space to lease in the newly-renovated strip mall. "I want it to be vibrant and successful and I hope people will come through and help us make it a vibrant property — a gem of Farmington," said Rafik Moore, managing partner of Caspian Group that purchased the Farmington Mall in March. "We welcome any business owners and we want them to be successful," Rafik said. "We revitalize properties and that is how we give back to the community," he added.