[COMM-ORG] query: getting a grocery story
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From: Mike Hodge <mhodge at tnrc.net>
I am working with a neighborhood group here in Nashville, that has been
without a grocery store for many years.
Urban Renewal took out 10-15 "mom and pop" stores and built much public
housing in the area. After about 15 years or so, and much work by
neighbors and a local church pastor, a mid-sized grocery store was built
in the area. There are over 300 units of family public housing across
the street from the site, along with about 280 units of high-rise
housing for the elderly and handicapped. More units of "publicly
assisted" housing are just down the street.
The grocery store operated fairly well, although it changed hands
several times. Then the property owner insisted on higher rents. The
building has now been vacant for seven years -- due mainly to a crazy
property owner. The neighborhood group has met with our city
development agency, as well as other agencies and elected officials.
In recent meetings, the development agency rep acted as though he had
never heard of public funds being used to assist in the acquisition or
support of a grocery store for an under-served low-income
neighborhood. I had a small amount of info on the possible use of
stimulus funds for this -- a very small amount of info.
SO ---- The question I am asking all of you is: Do you know any
specific stories of municipalities assisting in the acquisition of
property or the operation of a grocery store through the use of public
funds such as CDBG, stimulus funds, tax increment financing, etc??? I
KNOW this has been done, but I'd like to be able to have some specific
stories -- and then be able to talk to the city agencies in whatever
city this took place and possibly with whatever grocery went in.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!
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