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Planning commission pushes travel plaza project forward

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended the Worthington City Council approve a petition for annexation of land that will be home to a new travel plaza and gas station.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended the Worthington City Council approve a petition for annexation of land that will be home to a new travel plaza and gas station.

The proposed travel plaza and gas station will take up 5.27 acres of the 33-acre property in question, at the intersection of Plotts Avenue (Nobles County 57) and Minnesota 60. The gas station will serve cars and trucks, while the travel plaza will have bathrooms, an A&W and a convenience store.

“The Cenex in Sibley, it will be very much like that, except we will be an A&W Root Beer instead of a Subway,” said Jon Weitgenant, one of five Worthington investors funding the project. Other investors include Ron Prins, Mike Rogers, Bob McCuen and Matt Widboom.

Weitgenant said he wasn’t sure what the rest of the land would be used for, but signaled it could be further developed in the future.

The city council previously agreed to have the city connect water and sewer to the location by June 1, 2018. The plan is to move dirt this fall, start construction next spring and have the travel plaza operational by next summer.

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“I would have liked to be open today, of course, but the bottom line is, if we’re open a year from now, we’ll feel really, really good about that,” Weitgenant said.

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