The downtown grocery store public improvements are almost complete. Phase II traffic signal installations have been completed at Arsenal and Flores; Flores and Whitely; Cesar Chavez and Flores; and Cesar Chavez and Dwyer. There has been a change to the original scope of work for this phase. The signal and the pedestrian crossing at S. Main Ave. and Cesar Chavez will remain for safety reasons, since H-E-B owns additional parking on the northeastern portion of the intersection of S. Main and Cesar Chavez.

Bike lanes and pedestrian improvements are complete along Arsenal Street. The bike path and pedestrian improvements along S. Flores between Arsenal and Cesar Chavez were anticipated to be completed by the end of January. Additional improvements near the Commander’s House include new lighting and a guardhouse at the new entrance at Flores and Whitely, also scheduled to be completed by the end of January.

All traffic signal, bike path and pedestrian improvements must be completed before S. Main Avenue can be closed. Once a date for the closure has been confirmed, the City will inform the public through the King William Association, Commander’s House staff and visitors, and electronically for those subscribed to the Grocery Store E-Newsletter. Once S. Main Avenue is closed, VIA metropolitan Transit will also change the 46 bus route. Instead of proceeding down S. Main Avenue, the route will turn onto Sheridan and use S. Flores.

A construction timeline for the grocery store has not been finalized; however, the conceptual design of the store was presented to the Historic Design and Review Commission on January 21. As soon as the timeline is finalized we will update the public. One change to note is the relocation of the gas station to the northeastern edge of the property, which will require an adjustment to the special use authorization for which H-E-B received prior approval. The item was scheduled for Zoning Commission consideration on January 20 and is scheduled for City Council consideration on February 19.

- Cynthia Martinez, Special Project Manager
COSA City Center Development Office

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