Supermercado Mexico owner plans $4.1 million renovation for vacant south side GR building

GRAND RAPIDS — The co-owner of Supermarket Mexico the grocery stores plan to invest $4.1 million to redevelop a vacant property into retail and office space in the city’s Roosevelt Park neighborhood.

Javier Olvera, co-owner of the Hispanic grocery chain with three locations in Grand Rapids and Wyoming, is leading the development through 900 Cesar E. Chavez Property LLC. The project at 900 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW and 919 Caulfield Ave. SW would create 55 jobs, according to plans filed with the city.

“One of the main reasons we bought this is that we saw the potential,” Olvera said. MiBiz. “We knew that with the growth of Grand Rapids, it would be a good renovation project and a good investment. We saw this as a great opportunity for us to do something there.

Renovations could begin in April 2023 to open a Supermercado Mexico on the ground floor of 900 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW,” Olvera said. Olvera owns the Supermercado Mexico along with his wife, brother, and brother’s wife.

“We’re still not sure, but we want to remodel the building to have future retail or service and office space on the second floor,” Olvera said. “We consider it a good investment.”

The proposed project is located in a targeted neighborhood designated by the city and would meet the “multiple objectives” of the city’s strategic plan and equitable economic development and mobility plan, according to city officials. This includes “increasing the number and diversity of developers, owners and businesses participating in economic development programs” and “supporting the creation, retention and growth of businesses, particularly minority-owned businesses and local,” according to the city’s economic development. Department.

The Grandville Avenue Business Association and the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association are both supporting the project.

Javier OlveraThe ground floor would include 17,325 square feet of retail space. More than 14,000 square feet of office space on the second floor would be used by Supermercado Mexico and other office tenants, Olvera said.

The development team is seeking reimbursement of up to $897,556 for qualifying brownfield activities at the site, including demolition, lead and asbestos abatement, site preparation and improvement public infrastructure. The Grand Rapids City Commission will consider brownfield incentives for the project at a public hearing on July 12.

In March 2018, the city approved an original brownfields plan for the property that allowed grants from the local Brownfields Revolving Fund to pay for initial environmental assessments, which have been completed.

Olvera purchased the property about seven years ago, according to property records. Previously planned renovations have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

“Grand Rapids’ help with the brownfields plan is very much needed as all construction prices go up,” Olvera said.

Olvera, a former mechanical designer at Steelcase Inc., who also served as a board member of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce – owns La Tapatia and La Mexicana Bakery with the same ownership group behind Supermercado Mexico.

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