FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The old Scott’s store at the intersection of North Anthony Boulevard and Crescent Avenue has been empty since 2012, but if a developer gets its way it won’t be for much longer.
“We’re really excited about that. We were so discouraged when they went down. We were just hoping some way they could put that back together,” neighbor Greg Patten said. “It’s been a number of years now. ”
The proposed developer, Sturges Development Group, went before the Plan Commission Monday night for a request to rezone the area to accommodate the 44,000 square foot grocery store. The idea of a new grocery store is welcome news to people living nearby following the 2012 closing of Scott’s.
“I think it would be great because at my age I could walk there,” neighbor Louise Eykholt said.
Developers wouldn’t say what company wants to move into the neighborhood, but they said it will have more to offer and have a farmer’s market feel. Developers also said the store would be “unique” cost about $10 million to develop.
“The community cries for it,” North Anthony Corridor Group member John Schoedel said of the proposed store. “The stores need the traffic. It’s a vibrant area now, but we feel like long-term it will be a lot stronger with the addition of a grocery store.”
However, the plans do bring some concerns for neighbors. Some people have concerns about the risk of crime in a proposed 12-foot alley and what they believe to be too much parking. Most in the neighborhood want to meet with developers to provide some input, an opportunity they said they haven’t gotten yet.
“We have outlived every grocery store that’s been located in there in the past and we will probably outlive this one, so it’s our responsibility to make sure that it can be the best potential development project that it can be,” Northside Neighborhood Association member Dan Wire said.
Regardless of the concerns, all said having a grocery store down the road again would be great.
“It’s interesting for something like that in this neighborhood. People are really excited,” Patten said.