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East end grocery store plan in place for Guelph

GUELPH - East end Guelphites have long had grocery store envy. The long sought-after commercial/retail development in the fast-growing area appears to be coming soon.

Over the weekend, Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge took a Loblaws plan off the drawing board and made it public on her blog. Loblaws plans to build a grocery store on the east end of the city.

Farbridge said the city has had a vision for the east side for several years which included new residential neighbourhoods, schools, a branch of the Guelph Public Library, parks and trails, and a major commercial centre at Starwood Drive and Watson Parkway North.

Homes, and lots of them, have been built. There's a library and schools. But there remains a lot of empty land at the intersection, desolately surrounding the library. That could all change by late next year or early 2016.

Farbridge announced that Loblaws "will soon be submitting a concept plan for staff to review that includes a food store and additional retail opportunities."

A site plan application is expected in the next few months.

"I am also told that their current goal is to start construction late 2015 or early 2016," the mayor wrote on her blog Saturday.

"I have heard loud and clear … from east end residents that they are frustrated they still don't have the local commercial services they need," she wrote.

Those services are needed, she said, both for convenience and because they "are part of a complete community."

Residents want to walk and cycle to stores, youth want jobs close to home, and people want places "to gather, to see neighbours and meet friends," she added on her blog.

East side residents were pleased with the news. Commercial development, one said, not only brings convenience to the neighbourhood, but potentially increases the value of homes. Many agreed that having to drive to grocery stores at distant Eramosa Road or even to the Walmart on Woodlawn Road is very inconvenient.

"It would be much more convenient for us," said Grace Kusnandar, who was visiting the library at Starwood and Watson on Sunday with her husband, Harry Hioe.

"Any commercial development makes it more convenient, but it also makes a better price for homes," said Hioe.

They have lived in the east side since 2007 and have been waiting that long for retail amenities.

"I find it very odd that there is not at least one grocery store with this many homes around," Kusnandar added.

Amy Rocha has had an east end home for eight years, and was raised in the neighbourhood.

"It would be nice to have something within walking distance," she said. "A grocery store and a gas station would be really nice. And I sure hope they bring other commercial development with them. I think once they decide to go in there others will follow suit. It's very good news."

Jim Furfaro is a Ward 1 city councillor. He said on Sunday that he and fellow Ward 1 councillor Bob Bell were informed of Loblaws' plan for the intersection at Starwood and Watson about 10 days ago. They were asked to keep it under wraps until Loblaws made contact with city planning officials.

Furfaro added that he and Bell worked intensely on landing an east end grocery store over the past four years in office.

"The east end development has been a major concern for a number of years," Furfaro said, adding that he has recently reassured residents that Loblaws would come through and that plans were in the works.

"It's good to see it's coming to fruition," he added. "It is an extremely high level need out in the east end, simply because many east-enders have built there with the proviso, and with the intent that commercial development was going to be addressed. I believe this is only the first stage of commercial development."

Furfaro added that the grocery store plan calls for a 30,000 square foot structure.

He added that once development begins on nearby Guelph Innovation District "in about five years," commercial development will have to expand exponentially.

Furfaro said he would like to see a "high level of service" in the area, including a pharmacy. He is willing to lobby pharmaceutical companies to locate there.

Others have a wish-list that includes a convenience store, gas station, and restaurants. A plaza further west on Starwood has some medical services and a convenience store. The east side has further residential development in the planning stages.

Guelph Mercury
By Rob O'Flanagan





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