Ned Oliver has the latest word on the grocery store long in the works for the empty lot just north of the traffic circle at 25th Street, Nine Mile Road, and Fairmount Avenue:
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority officials said last week that they have nearly completed the process of acquiring land at the intersection of North 25th Street and Nine Mile Road for a grocery-anchored development.
“This large assemblage of land by RRHA will now make it feasible to develop this long-awaited grocery store-anchored, mixed-use development at this location by a private development entity,” the authority’s director, T.K. Somanath, said in an email. “More information on proposed plans for the grocery store and neighborhood retail center will be made available to the public during the next month to seek input and zoning approvals from city.”
At a 7th District meeting back in late 2006, a grocery store at 25th and Nine Mile was promised for the near future (“more towards 2 years than 5 or 10”). Mayor Jones reiterated the notion back in 2012. It was reported in 2014 that one interested developer hoped to break ground in 2015.
Folks in the know have been hinting at this market and telling me that we’ll have something to announce “in two weeks” for the past 8 months. Maybe this time it’s true.