Two ordinances approved by aldermen Monday will allow for the plans for the new Fricks Market to continue.
The Union Board of Aldermen approved a limited site access ordinance that will allow a three-quarter entrance and exit onto Church Street from the store site between Vondera and Central Avenue.
The entrance will allow vehicles to enter from northbound and southbound Church Street, but vehicles could only exit right to northbound Church Street.
Site engineers said the access onto Church Street was included in the site plan due to the steep grade of the Fricks site. There will be an access to the store lot from Central Avenue, but Vondera Avenue has too much of a slope to put in an access.
The board approved the site access ordinance with a 7-1 vote. Alderman Dustin Bailey cast the dissenting vote. Bailey had questioned the safety of the access in prior meetings.
In March, aldermen amended street codes so there can be some exceptions to the distance between street access and intersections.
Officials began discussing a change to the street access code after a request by Fricks Market developers for an entrance to be placed 105 feet from an intersection. Current code calls for a minimum of 150 feet.
Aldermen also approved a three-way stop at Church Street and Grandview Drive. Now there is a stop sign southbound on Church Street, but no stop sign eastbound on Grandview nor northbound on Church Street.
Officials said the three-way stop will slow traffic on Church Street and make the Fricks access safer. A major concern is the threat of a car crash involving a vehicle turning southbound on Church Street from Vondera, and a vehicle exiting the Fricks parking lot onto Church Street.
City Administrator Russell Rost said the stop signs will be installed soon to prepare drivers for the changes and new access.
“We are probably going to do this pretty quickly,” he said. “We want the public to get used to it.”
Rost added that there also will be “stop ahead” signs placed on Church Street.
Fricks Market will move from its current 21,000-square-foot building to the new location following construction.
The project will provide space for Fricks to expand, as well as to have a larger parking lot.
The new facility will have a 164-parking space lot, which is nearly double the number of spaces at the Locust Street location.
Plans began for the new Fricks location after an agreement with the Jim Trenary Automotive Group in Union.
Trenary divided its 8-plus acre property to provide a new location for Fricks Market, and built a new state-of-the-art facility at Central Avenue and Highway 47.