Longtime plans for a new market in the Arroyo Grande Village continue moving slowly forward.
Local developer Nick Tompkins is planning the market in the Village on a vacant lot at 307 E. Branch St., off Mason Street adjacent to the site of the former JJ’s Market.
The city’s Architectural Review Committee and the Historic Resources Committee approved the first phase of the project this month.
It encompasses 1.8 acres and includes an outdoor eating area, landscaping, a creek path and a 31-space parking lot.
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The front portion of the property along East Branch Street is where the market would be located.
The building’s design plans call for the market to resemble a red barn with a corrugated metal roof. Wood posts and beams will be placed along the façade of the building.
The project is expected to go before the city Planning Commission in about a month, and then to the City Council for comments and a vote.If approved, construction is expected to begin in October.
The project includes a pedestrian path adjacent to Talley Ho Creek that would connect East Branch to Le Point Street.
Its second phase calls for residences at the rear portion of the path along Le Point Street.
Tompkins declined to state how much the 8,000- to 9,000-square-foot market and surrounding features would cost to develop.
The former JJ’s Market building remains for sale after owner Doug DeBerti reached a stalemate this month with city officials over detailed design issues for a surf shop he had planned to open with his sons.
He said he put the building up for sale after what he described as five months of conflicting communications with various city staff members and members of their advisory committees.
Also at issue is that the city eventually wants him to share a parking lot with Tompkins’ development, which DeBerti opposes.
DeBerti said he will continue to try to open the surf shop if nobody buys his 5,000-square-foot building.