The search for a natural grocery to anchor the new Edgewater Village development at 20th and Depew in Edgewater continues. Last night (10/1/2015), the Edgewater City Council voted on a First Reading of a resolution to renew a contract with Trinity Development for a third year. Based on the remarks made at the City Council meeting, the search could be coming to a positive conclusion in the next few months.
Vince Riggio from Trinity Development gave an update on the search process and answered questions from City Council members as well as the public. A small, natural grocery chain has signed a Letter of Intent to pursue opening a location at 20th and Depew, which according to Riggio, is a promising and substantial development in the process of redeveloping 20th and Depew. Now it is up to the natural grocery chain to raise money for their concept, which Riggio hopes will be completed by January or February of 2016. Once a lease is signed for the anchor natural grocery, then other retail leases will follow.
Riggio also explained that the development at the old St. Anthony’s site has helped draw interest to the Edgewater Village redevelopment. He also noted that Edgewater City Manager HJ Stalf has been a very important partner in finding the perfect type of development for the site. It would have been easy to find a discount grocer for the site, but that would not have been the best long term solution for the area. According to Riggio, Edgewater’s patience will pay off when the best retail partners are found.