What is the plan for Astoria Co+op’s new store?
The co-op plans to build an 11,580 square foot building at the corner of 23rd and Marine Drive in Astoria. It will hold about 7,000 square feet of retail space that offers a full line of fresh foods – think full-service deli, an expansive organic produce section, local meat and seafood, and more. We hope to begin construction by the end of 2018 and open in 2019.
What is happening on July 30th?
Astoria City Council is having a hearing to listen to some neighbors’ concerns regarding traffic behind their homes. We definitely want our co-op to be a positive impact on that neighborhood and we are optimistic that we can adequately address reasonable concerns.
Is the Mill Pond Home Owner’s Association (HOA) as a body appealing the co-op’s design?
No. The appeal was filed by three individual property homeowners.
Why are attorneys involved?
One of the individuals who owns a vacant lot next to the future new co-op has hired an attorney to present their appeal. The co-op’s developer partner thus felt obligated to retain representation to be sure we clearly demonstrate that our design meets the City’s criteria to the best possible standard.
How much will this delay our process?
Hopefully not too much. We have done our due diligence, we know this store will bring a lot of good to our community, and we appreciate everyone’s continued support!
How can I help?
Please attend the hearing at Astoria City Hall July 30th at 6 p.m. We need to show the City Council that we have huge community support and that our shoppers are ready to shop their new store without further delay.
I have more questions, who can I reach out to?
If you have further questions please reach out to the co-op’s General Manager, Matt Stanley. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.