Patch interviewed developer David Irmer at the Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner Thursday night to ask about the Village Marketplace project that was derailed when the Fresh & Easy grocery chain terminated its lease.
Irmer said he has a handshake deal with an unnamed anchor tenant that has agreed to accept the general design for the site. That is important because his deal with the city -- allowing him to get the land for $4 million less than the city paid to acquire it -- comes with caveats and conditions.
In this video Irmer says he expects to have a signed agreement, putting the handshake deal into writing, by February 1.
What do you predict will take the place of the Fresh & Easy Market. Do you think the project will give downtown the shot in the arm that city planners hope?