By CHASE JORDAN
The Daily Union
CHAPMAN — Residents may soon have the new grocery store they have been waiting so long for.
Development for the facility is progressing.
On Wednesday during a City Council meeting, developer Doug Thompson presented an update regarding the future facility, which is proposed for the intersection of Irish Drive and K-206.
Thompson discussed constructional aspects such as the foundation, delays for weather, loading docks and the establishment of walls.
“The building is already there,” Thompson said. “You’ve seen the dirt work there, so the building is ready to go.”
Thompson said his shop is full of insulation and plumbers are lined up to handle their portion of the work.
“I’m using Chapman people on every part of the project,” Thompson said.
Thompson continued and said it would have been cheaper and easier if outsiders were involved, but the undertaking is a community project.
The area sits in a flood plain, so Thompson said the developers still are waiting for a permit from state officials.
“We’re not waiting on that, we’re waiting on the subcontractors to be able to get their work done ...,” Thompson said.
Thompson said the project is on track for the community that has not had a grocery store in a long time.
“We’ll get it done this year,” he said. “It may not be as quick as we want it, but we’re going to get it open and done the right way.”
According to previous reports, the 8,000 square-foot-building is in the north end of the parking lot at the intersection of Irish Drive and K-206.
The cost of the project is $1.2 million, with owner equity at 50 percent. The plan is based on a 10-year agreement and a maximum of $600,000 in sales tax incentive.
The store, which is proposed to open later this year has the potential to hire up to 17 employees.
Through an incentive effort, the City Council previously approved plans to build the facility.
The program and committee were improve retail business, address the needs of the community and to increase the employment.