CRDA Grants Preliminary and Final Site Approval for Grocery Store Development Project
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 21, 2021) – The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Board of Directors granted preliminary and final site approval with variances and preliminary determination of project eligibility to Village Super Market, Inc. for the grocery store development project.
The Board also established a fund reservation in the amount not to exceed $175,000 for professional services including environmental consulting, remediation and related activities for the project.
The development proposal for Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval is for the construction of a 54,609 square foot supermarket, with onsite parking, landscaping, lighting and fencing at 301 N. Ohio Avenue, 267 N. Ohio Avenue and 1801 Baltic Avenue, in the city of Atlantic City. It includes 44,100 square feet of a ground floor retail supermarket with an approximately 10,400 square foot mezzanine for administrative support and 227 parking spaces.
“This project addresses the immediate concerns of Jim Johnson’s Building a Foundation for a Shared Prosperity report in 2018,” said CRDA Board Chairman Modia Butler. “Access to high quality food will improve the amenities that affect the quality of life for current community members and affords the ability to attract new residents.”
A public hearing was conducted on the application on September 2, 2021 and, based on the evidence and the solid land use planning and engineering testimony provided, the preliminary and final site plan with use, area and bulk variances were recommended for approval by the CRDA Board.
“The CRDA and its Board of Directors have been working diligently on bringing this project to fruition,” said CRDA Executive Director Matt Doherty. “This is an immense step in addressing Atlantic City’s status as a food desert.”
In May 2019, the Authority released a Request for Proposals for potential development partners to develop an approximately 40,000 square foot turn-key grocery store offering access to affordable, fresh foods and household products.
On August 20, 2019, the Board approved resolutions designating Village Supermarket Inc. (“Village”), to develop and operate a grocery store located on block 396 in Atlantic City at the North West corner of Baltic and Indiana Avenues.
Board actions will take effect following the expiration of the Governor’s statutory review period.
About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.