Grocery store plan moved back to Mill Street
by Jennifer Cohron
Jun 13, 2013 | 1410 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — City leaders in Cordova have abandoned their proposal to build a new grocery store on the current First Bank of Jasper property.

The site originally chosen for the store at the corner of Mill Street and First Street will be used instead.

Long term recovery manager Steve Ostaseski announced at Tuesday night’s Cordova City Council meeting that time was a deciding factor.

He said whereas negotiations with bank representatives could have taken up to six months, a site plan for the project should be available within the next 60 days.

Local officials hope to complete all phases of the rebuild, including lighting and landscaping, while also staying within the $1.4 million budget.

“When we’re done, we want to walk away, sign a lease with someone and turn over the keys,” Ostaseski said.

Piggly Wiggly owner Mark Bozeman is the grocer expected to operate the store.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced in December that the city would be receiving a Community Development Block Grant for the project.

Cordova will also be pursuing its fair share of the $49 million in federal disaster relief funds that Bentley was in town to accept on Wednesday.

Ostaseski told the council that 14 requests for qualifications have been sent to firms that could partner with the city on the plans that will be submitted to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for approval.

“They’ll help us with schematics and building costs so we’ll know what we’re asking for. The worse thing we can do is not ask for enough,” Ostaseski said.

The potential projects that have been discussed are a new City Hall and police/fire station as well as infrastructure improvements for affordable housing in the downtown area.

The council is expected to select one firm per project. Requests for qualifications will be available for review by the next meeting on June 25.