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Dickey Short Plat Gets Tentative Ok

New fruit stand to take shape soon

It looks as if that new Dickey Farms fruit stand will be taking shape soon.

While not yet final, the Bingen City Council voted unanimously on Jan. 20 to give tentative approval for Dickey Farms' requested short plat.

The property under review is a 12.7 acre parcel on the north side of State Route 14 in Bingen. The site is directly across the highway from Dickey's old fruit stand.

Councilors raised several issues related to the impact of granting the short plat, but none were considered serious enough to deny the Dickey Farms application.

"To sum it up, the only concerns we see are minor," said Bingen Mayor Brian Prigel. "It looks like there are no major issues."

Some of the issues raised included the impact of development getting close to Jewett Creek; concerns about whether a through road would be created across the property; and improved easement to the site.

Stan Dickey, one of the owners of the business, said the plan is to build a combined feed and grain store and fruit-vegetable stand that would be open year round.

"It's going to look nice and will help the city's tax base," Dickey said. "We're confident it's to everybody's benefit."

Dickey added that the scheduled date for opening the new facility is not yet certain.

"The contractors can't quite seem to get within our budget," Dickey explained. "We're on our third contractor. We're working on it."

The vote to give initial approval for preliminary short plat, with corrections to come, was 4-0.

"Dickey's will come back with a map showing the changes the council requested," explained Bingen City Clerk Jan Brending. "We won't schedule a meeting until we get the map back. People will be able to come and talk about it at a public council meeting."

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