Apr
03

Kroger Anchored Center Planned for Stadium Site

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As the city, the developer and Olympia-area residents move closer to a long-delayed commercial center along Columbia’s Assembly Street, neighbors have shifted from outright opposition to wary optimism.

City Council has agreed to a May 8 deadline on completing a contract to sell the 5.6-acre Capital City Stadium for $1 million. The site would become part of a 23-acre center anchored by a 113,531-square-foot Kroger grocery store. It’s the fourth contract extension for Atlanta development company Bright-Meyers, which 2½ years ago eyed the site for an urban Walmart.

“The stars just may be aligning here,” said Bob Guild, president of the Granby Neighborhood Association and an environmental attorney. “We’re working with what we’ve got to work with. I know and fear there are worse things we could have constructed on this site.”

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