Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tax exemption brings Clifton grocery closer to reopening

A Clifton neighborhood anchor is closer to reopening thanks to legislation passed Wednesday by Cincinnati City Council.

Council approved a 12-year Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) tax exemption agreement with Goessling Enterprises, LLC for the renovation of the former Keller's IGA supermarket at 319 Ludlow Avenue, reducing the developer's property tax liability by more than $200,000. A 2011 ordinance approving a CRA tax exemption for a LEED-certified renovation was repealed.

Improvements will include a complete interior remodel, including new flooring, energy efficient refrigeration equipment, new checkouts and registers, lighting, and ceiling restoration. Outside of the building, work will include roof replacement, exterior painting and signage.

In a statement issued today, Clifton Town Meeting President Pete Schneider said that he's been in regular discussions with owner Steve Goessling over the construction status.

"Steve and I spoke again today regarding the status of the start of construction," he said. "He expects to begin the most urgent work – the roof repairs – within the next week, weather permitting."

General contractor Reece Campbell has submitted its permit applications and will begin work as soon as permits are in hand, Schneider said.

"Steve also plans to have a crew at the store this week to update the info in the windows and perform general cleanup in and around the store," he said.

The renamed Clifton Gaslight Market could open early next year.

Keller's IGA closed in January 2011, citing tax issues.

Previous reading on BC:
Over 1,000 Ludlow Avenue surveys received (3/14/08)