Papa Murphy’s take-out restaurant proposed for west side

A new Papa Murphy’s take-out restaurant could be coming to the southwest corner of Smelter Avenue Northeast and 4th Street Northeast.

The project will be considered by the city’s Design Review Board on Monday for initial review.

The property owners, Mark and Susanne Dauenhauer of 4 Things LLC, are proposing to build a new shell building with two suits. The property was previously a service station, then a sandwich shop and was most recently used for retail tobacco sales, but the building has been demolished and the site has been cleared.

Under the proposal, the building would be a one-story, 2,606 square foot building and the two suites would each be 1,303 square feet, according to the staff report. The property owners are working with Papa Murphy’s for a take out restaurant in one of the suites.

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The proposal reuses the two existing driveway approaches and public sidewalk, with one approach off each street. The project will include new paved parking, accessible ADA spaces, outdoor lighting, landscaping, on-site storm water management, drive-thru lane option for a potential tenant and a trash enclosure.

The property is zoned C-2 general commercial district, which allows for most high-traffic businesses, but the small lot size creates some limitations on the building’s footprint and on-site parking, according to staff.

According to staff, the one-story building is a modern design with a flat roof, parapets, pre-finished metal siding, canopies above metal-clad doors and windows, and stone veneer wainscot on the lower portion of the walls.

On-site storm water management is included in the proposal and drainage will be directed to the existing inlets, which complies with the city’s standards. The¬†landscape plan includes nine canopy trees, three spruce trees, 31 shrubs, 10 grasses and five daylilies. Staff will continue working with the property owners at the permit stage to ensure compliance with the city landscape code. Signage will be reviewed under a separate application, but the site plan indicates wall signage and a freestanding sign.