Forest Grove still planning for downtown grocery store
While plans have changed in recent years and work hasn't proceeded as quickly as hoped, Forest Grove officials say a new grocery store is still likely to be built at the corner of B Street and Pacific Avenue.
The city had hoped to break ground at that site in spring 2021 on a mixed-use building to go alongside the Jesse Quinn Apartments. It would have housed a first-floor grocery store, with low-income apartments on the second floor.
The previously planned development would have contained 20 units of affordable housing. However, city finance director Paul Downey said that was too few to qualify for housing bond funding from Washington County or Metro, so the housing plans were scrapped.
"The housing on top of the grocery store just wasn't going to work," Downey said. "It was too small a project for the bond money, so the affordable housing part was dropped."
Plans remain in motion to build the long-awaited downtown grocery store, though they have yet to receive final approval.
Downey said once Forest Grove receives the final proposal for the 20,000-square-foot grocery store from WelshCORP LLC — sometime "soon," he added — it could still take a few weeks or months for the plans to be approved.
WelshCORP also owns and operates grocery outlets along the Oregon coast, including Manzanita Fresh Foods and Fresh Foods in Cannon Beach. Those existing stores are full-service grocery establishments, specializing in natural, organic, gluten-free, vegan and environmentally friendly products.
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