Grocery Outlet and Norcal AI LLC are appealing the decision by the planning manager and a zoning enforcement official to classify Grocery Outlet as a supermarket and not a neighborhood grocery store.
That determination is important because a supermarket requires a conditional use permit and the City Council imposed a moratorium on conditional use permits at 39 "opportunity" sites in the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy study area. The former Albertson's site (1550 E. 14th Street) was identified as one of those "opportunity" sites. The moratorium expires in July 2007.
At the August 22, 2006, meeting of the Citizen Advisory Committee for the TOD, it was said that "A Grocery Outlet did not seem to have the right aura for a downtown trying to attract higher end retail." When the Grocery Outlet was mentioned at a TOD Community Meeting on September 30, 2006, the crowd responded with a boisterous "No."
Kathleen Livermore, Senior Planner and TOD Project Manager for the City of San Leandro is the contact person for the proposed project. She can be reached at (510) 577-3350 or email@example.com.
The appeal will be heard at the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) meeting at 7pm on June 7, 2007. BZA meetings are held at the City Council Chambers at 835 E. 14th Street.