Is the wait almost over? The Wisconsin Avenue Giant is scheduled to break ground at the end of this summer, says Jonathan Willingham, spokesperson for Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh. After a decade of delay and lawsuits, it seems the plans may finally come to fruition.
The Cathedral Commons project includes a new 56,000 s.f. grocery store, 85,000 s.f. of additional ground floor, street-level retail, 150 condos or apartments and over 500 parking spaces.
While past deadlines for the project have slipped due in part to continuing suits by locals hoping to derail development, the end of this month also marks a more telling sign: the exodus of many businesses on the strip as some retailers move further uptown on Wisconsin Avenue, after been pushed out by the owner. Starbucks wears a banner informing customers of its intent to stay put until construction begins, and then it will relocate to relocate to a temporary structure.
Last July, the Zoning Commission gave their unanimous approval of the project, to which the Wisconsin Newark Neighbors Coalition (WNNC) responded by filing an appeal, claiming that the Zoning Commission lacks the power to eliminate a neighborhood commercial zone designation on the subject lots. A decision has not yet been delivered on that appeal.
In the meantime, while Giant and partner Street-Works ready for the demolition, last month they committed to cleaning up ground water contaminants underneath the supermarket as part of the redevelopment.
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