The Heights Life passes on drawings and details of the new Kroger grocery store and gas station planned for the former industrial property between Arne’s Warehouse and Party Store and I-10 at 1400 Studemont St. — from notes taken by a Super Neighborhood 22 representative who met with Kroger reps and council member Ed Gonzalez. Though at a planned 79,087 sq. ft. the store would be about 10,000 sq. ft. smaller than the recently renovated Heights store on 11th St. and Shepherd, it’ll look quite similar. The most interesting part of the site plan is the proposed connection of Hicks St., which turns off of Studemont south of the new store, to Summer St., which dead-ends into a parking lot currently filled with the heads of ex-Presidents, just south of the Sawyer Heights Target:
The City’s intent is that this will become a through street, but there are some unspecified impediments. The portion of the block that is now Hicks will be improved to current City standards, and the whole block will be built like a City CIP project. Kroger will eventually dedicate that property to the City as street Right-of-Way in exchange for a smaller area of water/sewer ROW that the City will dedicate to Kroger. Access to the delivery docks will be from Hicks/Summer. An employee parking lot will occupy the portion of the lot south of Hicks/Summer next to Arne’s; Kroger expects that Arne’s will also use this lot at some point (possibly for its employees).
The new Kroger itself would face the parking lot and gas station to the north, with a pharmacy drive-thru paralleling Studemont on the west side. The report notes that no water detention or drainage improvements will be required — because the site was considered impervious before the warehouses were demolished a few years ago. Kroger officials expect to open the store in September or October of next year.
Up before city council this week: the proposed “380 agreement” for this store that would reimburse Kroger for up to $2.5 million in property and sales tax payments.
- Hope You Love Groceries! [The Heights Life]
- Studemont Kroger update [Off the Kuff]
- Previously on Swamplot: Studemont Kroger Aims for a City Tax Deal, Get Ready for a Studemont Kroger
Images: Kroger, via The Heights Life