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7-Eleven Still Refining Plans for 9th & Broadway

By Jenni Simcoe
Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, at 08:46AM
9th & Broadway Eric Richardson [Flickr]

7-Eleven continues to work on plans for this building at 9th and Broadway.

Plans to open Downtown’s third 7-Eleven at 9th and Broadway remain in a holding pattern, as representatives for the convenience store plan Wednesday to ask a zoning administrator for more time to address community concerns over the space.

“We haven’t had enough time to work with the city council and others as we would like,” said Sherri Olson, senior real estate representative hired by 7-Eleven to work on the project.

In April, the chain applied for the Conditional Use Permit it needs to sell beer and wine at the former Payless Shoes. The case came up for a hearing in July, but a ruling was postponed after the council office and community groups expressed concerns about the environment created around the chain’s two other stores in Downtown.

While the neighborhood council this month wrote a letter of support for the project, the council office has not yet extended its support.

Olson said the extra time will be used to provide better designs. “We want to have something they’d be more excited with,” Olson added.

Franchisee Matt Mattuu told the neighborhood council’s planning committee in a 2009 meeting that he holds an option for to open four more 7-Elevens Downtown, adding to the locations at 7th & Olive and 5th & Broadway that he has opened in the past three years.

The corner of 9th and Broadway is quickly becoming a residential hub, home to 147 condos in the Eastern Columbia building, 82 rental units at The Blackstone and 37 units at the Orpheum Lofts.

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