“The thing went up in about two weeks,” writes the camera-toting bicyclist from the First Ward who sends us these photos of the new Kroger under construction at 1400 Studemont, just south of I-10. “I was hoping they would link it through to Target,” continues the tipster. “As all this industrial stuff redevelops in that area they are going to have to break up some of the super blocks or the traffic is going to be a mess.” As part of a “380” tax-reimbursement agreement approved by the city last year, Kroger promised to build a block of Summer St. behind the store (part of which is labeled Hicks St. on the plan shown here) to connect it through to Studemont. There’s also a tighter route:
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“There is also a sidewalk connection from the bike path (which is how i got there) but it isn’t especially pedestrian friendly — it cuts through a little narrow corridor between two walls along the freeway on-ramp and then goes along the frontage road and Studewood and its only about 3 feet wide. Would have been nice to have a better connection from the pathway. . . . It is not in Kroger’s best monetary interests make a bigger sidewalk connection from the bike path but it would make the area function better and would be an improvement to the neighborhood at only minor cost.”
The Kroger gas station is going up at the north end of the property; a drive-thru pharmacy will be on the west side of the store.
- Previously on Swamplot: Studemont Kroger 380 Agreement Passes, Studemont Kroger Would Break on Through to the Still Industrial Side, Studemont Kroger Aims for a City Tax Deal, Get Ready for a Studemont Kroger
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