Officials optimistic of breakthrough in landing grocery store for Cordova
by Jennifer Cohron
Sep 13, 2012 | 3442 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This block in downtown Cordova is the proposed site for a new grocery store.  Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
This block in downtown Cordova is the proposed site for a new grocery store. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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City leaders in Cordova are feeling optimistic as they head to Montgomery today to seek funding for a new grocery store.

“Everything is looking good for a grocery store, and we’re excited about it,” Mayor Jack Scott said.

The city recently acquired all of the land necessary on the vacant block near downtown where the store is expected to be built. The Cordova Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to recommend rezoning the area from residential to downtown business for that purpose.

Members of the Cordova Industrial Development Board have also agreed to pursue a grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to help with construction of the building.

Jack Drummond, chairman of the IDB, said the facility would likely be 8,000 square feet and have an estimated construction cost of more than $600,000.

The ADECA grant, if approved, is not expected to be enough to fund the entire project.

Drummond said city officials are prepared to find other funding sources as well.

Scott said the city will be seeking $500,000 from ADECA for building construction and another grant for site preparation, which is estimated to cost at least $400,000.

Scott added that city officials have met with Piggly Wiggly owner Mark Bozeman twice in the past week and that Bozeman continues to express an interest in operating a grocery store in Cordova.

“We’ve been working on this since the day the storm hit. It has been a slow go, but we think we have all of the pieces together and hopefully we will be able to get started,” Scott said.