SANTA CLARA – Santa Clara will be getting a long-awaited grocery store, as the City Council approved a site plan Wednesday for a Harmons Neighborhood Grocer to be built on the northeast corner of Rachel Drive and Pioneer Parkway.
“It’s going to be a beautiful store and we’re really, really excited about that,” Santa Clara City Manager Edward Dickie said. “They’re good neighbors, good members of the community, so they will just do a lot of good for the community as a whole.”
The store will be 67,500 square feet in size and will have an attached 8,500-square-foot retail pad. The color scheme of the exterior has been designed to fit in with the surrounding desert environment, with earth tones, grays and black.
The store will have an upper level, open-air mezzanine, conference rooms and meeting spaces, and will offer cooking classes both in-person and by video.
The project was designed with buildings on the perimeter and parking in the middle, to minimize vehicle headlights shining into the windows of neighboring houses.
Concerns about traffic, lighting, grading, drainage utility and pedestrian access plans have all been addressed and approved by Santa Clara officials, City Planner Bob Nicholson told the council.
Traffic studies have shown that the store will not have a detrimental affect on the nearby streets and intersections, which will maintain an acceptable level of service, Nicholson said. All lighting on the project will be compliant with the dark sky initiative.
The company will break ground on the project July 1, and the store is scheduled to open Feb. 15, 2016, Frank Lundquist, vice president of store development, told the City Council.
The company has been planning this new Harmons since 2007, Nicholson said, but the project was put on hold.
“They’ve owned the land since then,” Dickie said.
Dickie said Harmons will be an asset to the city because the company likes to be part of the community, help out with events and donate to local causes. The company is also sensitive to the residents that already live there and tries to be sensitive to existing residents.
“And it will be really great for us … to get us a little more money, tax revenue, here in the city. We need that very badly,” Dickie said.
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