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Moxie moves out, Casey’s moves in

NL council approves site plan for new Casey’s store

NORTH LIBERTY– Recently, Moxie Solar moved its operation to a new location along Cherry Street. Soon, a new Casey’s convenience store will be built on the former Moxie site, and that of Liberty Motors, at the corner of Highway 965 and Westwood Drive.
The North Liberty City Council approved the Development Site Plan for the new store during a regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, on a 5-0 roll call vote. Casey’s General Stores, headquartered in Ankeny, wants to build a 4,160 square foot store on the site with 12 fueling stations and six islands. The North Liberty Planning Commission reviewed the site plan for the 1.58-acre site during a Wednesday, Sept. 2, meeting, and approved it on a 7-0 vote with three conditions.
The Planning Commission is requiring Casey’s to adjust lighting along the west property line to not exceed one foot-candle, a sidewalk easement must be dedicated to the city prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, and, prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, a plat of survey formally combining the Liberty Motors and Moxie Solar lots into one lot must be recorded with the Johnson County Recorder.
Nick Halfhill, representing Casey’s, provided the council with a virtual walk-through of the site plan and took questions from the council. Council member Annie Pollock asked if there would be a bike rack, with Halfhill replying while there is space, they often are added later depending upon customer demand. “I know there’s going to be a trail,” said Halfhill, “So hopefully we can get that type of customer using the store, and obviously there’s a lot of residential to our west and north, so I don’t think we’re opposed to it at all.”
Pollock also asked Halfhill about the fate of the current Casey’s, located a short distance to the north. Halfhill could only say for certain the new store will replace it, but did not know the fate of the existing store other than the canopy, pumps, and underground tanks would be removed to put it back into a suitable state for a future user.
“It won’t be another c-store if we sell it to someone, but beyond that, I don’t know the exact outcome,” he responded.
Halfhill anticipated work to begin in the spring and noted such projects are a four-month build.