The Eden Prairie City Council approved the first reading of plans on Tuesday, August 21, to construct the new auto body repair facility. The new building would be located on three existing parcels at 13045, 13075 and 13105 Pioneer Trail, just east of the SuperAmerica gas station on the corner of Pioneer Trail and Flying Cloud Drive.
Abra Auto Body is at 9020 Aztec Dr. According to the presentation, the two Abra locations may be open and in operation at the same time once the new facility is constructed, but eventually all operations are expected to move to the new Pioneer Trail facility.
The plans call for removal of existing structures and redeveloping the site for the proposed building.
"The proposed site plan complies with all city code requirements including building materials, architecture, parking lot design and parking stall count," an August 21 city report states.
The city report said the applicant is requesting that the property be rezoned from commercial to industrial use. The three parcels were guided and zoned for industrial use until 2004, when a request made to rezone the properties for commercial was approved. The City Council has approved two commercial development proposals since that time, but neither has materialized.
"This application includes a request to revert the guiding and zoning back to Industrial. The draft 2040 land use plan guides this property for flex service which supports the proposed use for the site," according to the report.
The new Abra building would meet or exceed requirements for architecture and building materials on all building facades. Landscaping for the site and a pedestrian connection to Pioneer Trail to allow a link to the broader trail system are included in the project. The project also includes several sustainable features, including LED lighting for the parking lot, offices and shop area, bike rack installation, native plants and an irrigation system with rain sensors.