Following a grueling three-hour city council meeting, a tentative ruling came in our favor. Astoria City Councilors voted to uphold the city design review committee’s approval of our project, and reject three Mill Pond resident’s appeal.
The crux of the controversy is over plans to access our new store off of a street called Steam Whistle Way. Unfortunately the co-op has not been able to find another configuration that would meet all government standards while providing the amenities that we need to operate a grocery store, including a dedicated receiving area and plenty of parking. We have attempted to go above and beyond to address the neighbor’s concerns, including widening a portion of Steam Whistle Way.
The city council will make a final vote on the appeal at a future meeting. We are hopeful and working diligently to bring our much-needed expansion to fruition and will keep you up-to-date as this complicated process progresses.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our general manager, Matt Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org.