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Grocery store proposal on tap
The La Grande Urban Renewal Agency will consider allocating up to $500,000 in funding for a new grocery store Wednesday night.
The agency, on a 4-3 vote, in May authorized Urban Renewal District Manager Robert Strope to enter into negotiations with the parties who seek to open Market Place Family Foods at 1912 Fourth St., where Blockbuster once sat.
The city has proposed a $500,000 loan that would convert to a grant if certain conditions are met by the parties, proprietor Al Adelsberger and grocer Troy Berglund, who also operates Mt. Joseph Family Foods in Joseph.
According to a staff report, the draft agreement to be considered this week has been agreed to by the applicants, but their legal counsel have not had time to review the language.
For the complete story, see Monday's edition of The Observer.