The City will hold a community workshop on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. to provide an update and solicit citizen feedback on the proposed Village Marketplace retail center at 1550 East 14th Street (the former downtown Albertsons store). The workshop will be held in the Sister Cities Gallery at City Hall located at 835 East 14th Street.
Preliminary design concepts for the Village Marketplace envision a high-quality, Mediterranean-style neighborhood retail center of roughly 28,000 square feet, anchored by a specialty grocery store. The City is working with developer Innisfree Ventures II on the project. Negotiations with tenants are still in progress, however, the developer has received letters of intent from grocer Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and Peet's Coffee & Tea. The design concepts include additional retail and restaurant spaces with outdoor dining, and a public plaza and gathering place with a fountain.
"We are excited by the potential of the proposed Village Marketplace to bring new activity and shopping and dining options to Downtown San Leandro," stated Mayor Cassidy. “At this time, we are reaching out to the public to ensure that the development plans are consistent with the community’s vision for this site.”