By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Publix is out— of coming to The Set that is.
Delray Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency board voted to end negotiations with Pasadena Capital, which was working to bring a Publix to West Atlantic Avenue.
A majority of the board found Publix’s proposed timeline to open a new store unacceptable. The proposed agreement would allow Publix to break ground any time before Dec. 31, 2022.
“We have other developers willing to come in and develop this property now,” board member Dedrick Straghn said. “Let’s get somebody in here who wants to develop this property now.”
The pitch from Pasadena Capital to bring a Publix to The Set for $2 million was an unsolicited offer. The agency has received several other letters of interest since then.
The board agreed to put the entire property the agency owns, the 600, 700 and 800 block back out to bid. The agency with help from one of its consultants RMA will come up with a request for qualifications.
Residents who live in The Set have been asking for a grocery store for decades.
This is now the second time plans to add a grocer have fallen through. A proposed plan to build a mixed-use development with a grocery store with developer Equity Group fell through and Pasadena proposed its Publix plan, back out, came back in and now the board has ended negotiations by rejecting entering into a deal.
“The community wants a grocery store,” board member Sandy Zeller said who voted to support the contract with Pasadena Capital. “I am not as concerned about the length of time. I am not happy about it. I think the viability of Publix being there will add value to that whole area. it will be the anchor that The Set area needs to bloom.”