A sign went up today at the former site of Magarity Ford, 8200 Germantown Ave., announcing the impending arrival of Fresh Market, a high-end grocery chain, in the Spring of 2015.
The plan for Fresh Market was endorsed by neighbors and the Chestnut Hill Community Association after a very long public discussion three years ago. Property owner Bowman Properties had requested a series of zoning changes in order to build a row of town homes at the back of the property and to construct a five-story building that would house retail, the Fresh Grocer and a number of apartments. The conclusion of that process was covered here.
Those zoning changes were approved by the city in 2012, and a construction permit was issued last November.
Bowman Properties’ Chief Architect Charles Keefer told the Local in an interview that construction will begin at the site on August 11 and would take 18 months to complete. The market, he said, would open while apartments are completed above.
Keefer said he anticipated no street closures or delays near the site while work continued.
“We look forward to the completion of this project and the enhancement to the business district this new tenant will bring, in addition to the new community members the condominiums will house,” he said.