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Fred Meyer development meeting July 9

The community is invited to give input into Fred Meyer’s redevelopment plans for its Greenwood store from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at the  Phinney Neighborhood Association, in the brick building’s Community Hall.

At the meeting, Fred Meyer and its design firm, GGLO, and housing developer Lorig & Associates, will present their proposal, answer questions and gather feedback from community groups, business leaders and residents.

The $77 million project will demolish the current Fred Meyer and Greenwood Market, and build a 170,000-square-foot super store, which would include groceries. About 20,00 square feet will be available to other tenants, and the project includes 200-300 apartments.

The first hour will be an open house where people can see design renderings up close and speak one-on-one with members of the project team. A presentation and question-and-answer session from 7-9 p.m. will be moderated by Greenwood Chamber President Steve Giliberto. Light refreshments will be provided.

A member of the Greenwood neighborhood since 1975, Fred Meyer has met more than 50 times over the last six years with various community members and organizations to discuss the future of the Greenwood store. The company’s current proposal includes redeveloping the site with a strong focus on sustainable design and building, 200 to 300 apartments, and additional retail space to be occupied by small, boutique retailers and restaurants. Plans also include a public plaza for community gatherings and events, and a continuation of Piper Village’s Woonerf-inspired Morrow Lane—which is a European-influenced street emphasizing walkability and bicycle access.

“We look forward to hearing the suggestions and the ideas of the people who live in the neighborhood so we can be sure we create a place that people enjoy, appreciate, and use,” said Tom Gibbons, Director of Real Estate Development for Fred Meyer Stores. “Thanks to the involvement of the Greenwood community, this store will be unlike anything Fred Meyer has ever done.”

For more information, contact Melinda Merrill, Fred Meyer Public Affairs, 503-797-3830; or Kathleen Warren, Parsons Public Relations, 206-789-5668, Kathleen@parsonspr.com.

As we have previously reported, the proposed project is bringing out strong feelings on both sides of the issue, so this is a good opportunity to make your voice heard.

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