For years, a grocery store has been talked about and considered for Briggs Village, a planned community that sits in Olympia in the area of Henderson Boulevard and the Yelm Freeway.
It is home to a YMCA, single-family development, multi-family development, senior housing, and a growing commercial sector, including a dental practice and ice cream business. And now a new grocery building has been proposed for the site, according to information from the City of Olympia.
The city informed residents this week that it has received the following: A proposed land use to develop three buildings, including a 12,000 square foot ground floor store with 80 apartments at 4505 Maple Lane SE, west of Henderson Blvd. The other two buildings are for apartments, said Leonard Bauer, director of the city’s Department of Community Planning and Development.
Additionally, the developer is requesting an amendment to the master plan to reduce the size of the grocery store from 32,000 square feet to the smaller size and to “revise the associated design criteria to apply commercial and residential standards to the site rather than those created for a stand-only grocery store,” reads the city news.
The amendment would also move the planned locations of some apartment buildings into the core, according to the city.
Vancouver, B.C.-based developer Gordie Gill, who bought the property west of Henderson Boulevard in late 2015, admitted on Wednesday that he had been trying to secure a grocery store tenant for years , and while it still doesn’t have one, far more people are living in the immediate area – and more are arriving – than before.
“We’re hoping someone comes after seeing the whole community there,” he said, adding that he’s also willing to be flexible with the 12,000 square feet of space. If it’s not a grocery store, for example, then maybe a produce vendor might have an interest in 5,000 square feet, Gill said.
“At the end of the day, we’ll see who else wants to go,” he said.
The public comment period ends at 5 p.m. on July 18. To comment, send them to Senior Planner Nicole Floyd at [email protected]