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TPSS Co-op Expansion Project

Expansion

TPSS Expansion/Municipal Lot Development
Update June 10, 2014

The deadline for submission of responses to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for development of the municipal parking lot adjacent to the Co-op was May 28. A total of seven proposals were received from a variety of organizations from throughout the region.

Takoma Park’s Department of Housing and Community Development has begun a technical review of the submissions. The City has the right to investigate specific development proposals, request clarification of the contents of any proposal, require additional information, explore proposed partnerships or financing options, and begin preliminary negotiations with one or more developer during this period. To the extent permitted by law, the City will not disclose any proprietary or confidential material included in the proposals. Only proposals that comply with all the objectives, provisions and requirements of the RFP will be considered for review. Once the review is completed, up to four groups may be invited to present their proposals before the community and the City Council.

TPSS has submitted a proposal that most likely differs from the rest. Our plans incorporate the themes for development identified by the Takoma Junction Task Force in 2012: Community, Localism, Environment, and Heritage. While it is likely that many or all of the other bidders have included high density housing units where the parking lot now stands, we have focused on doubling our retail square footage in order to increase our core service to our community and customers by enabling us to purchase more products from local farmers and businesses, offer a wider range of products and price points, and provide more well-paying jobs with a great benefits package. The development we are proposing will bring more shoppers to the Junction not simply to take advantage of our greater selections, but to visit our planned wine and beer shop, a large, modern community gathering place, a coffee shop or cafe, possibly a credit union, and other small, local businesses that may have been looking for a home. All will be located in a pleasant environment that encourages foot traffic and invites shoppers and community members to linger.

The City’s internal review is expected to be completed in mid to late summer with community presentations scheduled soon thereafter. Until then, please continue to shop and support the TPSS Co-op and think about what products and services you would like to see offered in a larger store.


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As an important part of our efforts to fulfill our mission of promoting healthful living by offering wholesome food, high quality products and community resources in a clean, friendly cooperative grocery store that our members own, TPSS management and Board have been considering the possibility of expanding our store for quite a while.

We have been in our current building since1998. Our current facility offers about 5500 square feet of selling space. Food retailers often begin to think about expanding or moving when annual sales reach $1000 per square foot. Our annual sales far exceed that industry standard, and we would like to double the retail space available to us.

Our goals for this undertaking are to:

·         Provide us with an opportunity to offer a broader product mix, with a wider variety of price points,

·         Create a store that is committed to responsible energy use and conservation,

·         Provide new space that will allow us to sponsor regular community programs that will continue to foster a strong Co-op/community relationship.

 

Last summer, TPSS commissioned a feasibility study for our planned growth and expansion. The report presented the pros and cons of several options:

·         Stay in our existing building and expand eastward into the small parking lot.

·         Stay in our existing building and expand westward into the municipal parking lot.

·         Leave our building and relocate to a new building on the municipal lot or elsewhere.

Our efforts have taken on more urgency, as the Takoma Park City Council issued a Request for Proposals for the development of the municipal lot. It is vital to the future of the Co-op for us to retain control of access to our loading dock and to offer sufficient parking for our shoppers. The Council is hoping to receive proposals that will act as a stimulus to the commercial district and locally-owed, independent businesses; improve the aesthetic appeal of the district; and be contextually sensitive and environmentally sustainable. We will be submitting one or more proposals that address the Council’s goals while enabling us to realize our expansion dreams. To support this initiative, we have created a capital reserve fund of $500,000 and are committed to raising sufficient debt and equity financing.

Please watch your newsletters, email blasts, and our website for up-to-date information on this very important effort.

Board Letter

Official Statement

Request for Proposals - Takoma Junction Site

Expansion project wiki for committee members


Questions? Comments? Interested in joining the Expansion Committee?
Contact "expansion@tpss.coop".