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Financial Assistance for Shorewood Sendik's Remodel Receives Preliminary Approval

The village's Community Development Authority recommended the Village Board approve $350,000 in loans and grants to help the grocer with building improvements.

Before the dust is kicked up on a development slated for their parking lot, the owners of in Shorewood are trying to get some renovations at their grocery underway.

The village could help grocery store owners John and Anne Nehring with the improvements, as the village’s Community Development Authority recommended Friday the village provide a $350,000 package: a $150,000 business incentive loan and $200,000 grant.

The Village Board will consider the financial package for final approval at its meeting Monday night. Shorewood will fund the grant and loan from its Tax Incremental District No. 1. The loan would be split into two parts, with $100,000 under a 10-year term and $50,000 under a four-year term.

The remodel will include a lot of minor changes, moving of aisles, replacing equipment and redoing floors.

The Nerhings hope to get the renovations started by mid-January and complete them before major work starts on slated for the Sendik’s parking lot at 4027 N. Oakland Ave. The development also includes two parking structures and retail space for , which resides at 4081 N. Oakland Ave.

Once construction starts, it will likely disrupt and reduce business at the grocer and the Nehrings said they also want to be able to compete with the store down the street, if at 4145 N. Oakland Ave.

"If Pick 'n Save does expand and wants to build a metro market, that's fine, but there are certain things we can do that they can't," Nehring said at a previous meeting.

CDA members discussed the grant and loan for about an hour, with the dialogue centered around the scope of work.

The Nehrings said an elevator shaft in their grocery was identified as a possible code violation, but North Shore Fire Department officials and the village inspector agreed it wasn’t a safety hazard. However, the state still has to agree, and if it doesn't, the project cost could triple.

John Nehring also said he would like to start serving more hot, ready-to-eat food in the store after the renovation. He plans to add another entrance to the store as well.

David Tatarowicz November 19, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Here we go again! More money to private businesses, that may or may not need it. It is very bizarre that this building is going to get all this investment, when the surrounding buildings will dwarf it --- it will stick out like a sore thumb --- where is the planning in that ? I wonder if that ugly plastic green house thingy is going to be eliminated -- that has been an eyesore and pedestrian hazard for years. Oh well -- at least the PIggly Wiggly is within shopping distance --- I for one am reluctant to shop at all the businesses in Shorewood that need Corporate Welfare to invest in our community.
Bob McBride November 19, 2011 at 06:35 PM
I gotta agree. Shorewood does seem to hand out money to businesses like there's no tomorrow. Rather strange, considering the overwhelming political bent of its residents. In WFB we can nitpick $55K for a multi-use chunk of cement that should pay itself back in about 4 years time on the rent being charged to one vendor alone who'll use it. Not that I've got a problem with that, but go figure.
NorthShoreNancy November 19, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Seriously, shouldn't the owner be responsible for the upkeep of their decaying store? Shorewood, I love you, but give money to someone who actually wants to do some good for the village.

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