During the January 14 Oakley City Council Meeting, City Manager Bryan Montgomery announced to the city council that DG Market would no longer be the future tenant of the former CentroMart building, but rather, it would now become a Grocery Outlet.
Montgomery provided the city council with an overview of what has transpired and why the change has occurred while paraphrasing Councilwoman Diane Burgis concerns.
During last nights City Council meeting, it was stated that Bryan Montgomery did not read a statement from Diane Burgis where she had requested her concerns be read into the minutes and did not want a paraphrased statement. It was stated her comments would be added to the minutes–however, I asked her for a copy of the email which she provided last night.
Please read my statement during the discussion: My apologies for missing tonight’s Council meeting.Without hearing the discussion that will occur tonight I would like to make the following points:
- I don’t think a Grocery Outlet should be placed in one of the most desirable prime spots in our downtown. I don’t believe this business would compliment the type of commercial area we are trying to create.
- In other Bay Area cities all of the Grocery Outlets are located on more outskirt less prime areas.
- I understand the alternative is allowing the State to sell the property and having less control of what will be built there. However, I believe we have built a desirable center that will attract more business consideration. In the past all bids were presented when developers had to imagine what it would look like.
With Ace construction underway, Carpaccio’s, La Costa, and Republic of Cake doing well & the really great demographics that Oakley has to offer- I have faith something better will come along.
According to Mr. Montgomery, there is still time to stop Grocery Outlet from coming to Oakley if the council chooses, but they would have to move quickly.
Here is a recap of the Council discussion from January 14 meeting.
Doug Hardcastle: if they are willing agree to build it with same look as La Costa or Carpaccios, and then I think it’s a win-win. The whole face of the property will enhance the downtown. If we wait, it might be two years until something else happens and there wouldn’t be an agreement to build within the same structures that are there.
Carol Rios: I feel comfortable with the assignment being made to Grocery Outlet. We have doubts with DG Market and Cross Development; they have been workable and upfront when everything fell apart. The thought of the state stepping in and having the ability to sell the property would be without any input from us so I have no qualms with staying with Cross Development and with the assignment with Grocery Outlet.
Kevin Romick: the last thing I want to do is let the state back in at any process in here for anything at any level and anywhere in this process. I’d be in favor of this. Our greatest concern and our biggest issue is what the building would look like and can it mix and match with what we currently have there and I think in regards to what goes in there, that is the most important thing is. I’ve been to the Antioch one and not real thrilled with that, but maybe I will head up to the Roseville one and see the other cities to see what newer facilities look like. I am confident with sticking with Cross Development and not letting the state back into the process.
Randy Pope: I agree and you have consensus and direction.
Anyone with concerns about Grocery Outlet being the new tenant for the former CentroMart building, you are encouraged to email the Oakley City Council.
Mayor Randy Pope: [email protected]
Vice Mayor Doug Hardcastle: [email protected]
Councilwoman Diane Burgis: [email protected]
Councilwoman Carol Rios: [email protected]
Councilman Kevin Romick: [email protected]