In January, Meridian put a pause on plans for a new WinCo at Linder Road and Chinden Boulevard so the developer could seek neighbors’ feedback.
Last week, developer David McKinney of DMG Real Estate submitted revised plans to the city. They include a new road the City Council sought to separate the residential and commercial areas and a possible new library to be run by the Meridian Library District.
“The Meridian Library District is the latest to express interest, along with user inquiries and offers received from several restaurants and junior anchors,” the developers wrote on Facebook.
Library Director Gretchen Caserotti said the district has considered the need for a new library in the northern part of Meridian as that area continues to grow. Upon hearing about the original plans proposed for the WinCo and surrounding development, Caserotti said she reached out to McKinney about the possibility of a library in the space.
To open a new branch without asking taxpayers to authorize an additional tax, the district has gotten creative lately: At the beginning of the month, it opened The Tiny Library in a shipping container. It focuses on interactive learning activities for children ages 0 to 5.)
McKinney said that the site’s landowners, who are partnering with DMG to develop the land, had been approached by several other major retailers in recent years, including Walmart, Costco and Home Depot. McKinney, who has worked with WinCo in the past, said he decided on the Idaho grocer to anchor this project because it is “one of the most successful grocery chains in the country.”
“That area is a growing area,” McKinney said. “We felt like there was a lack of services when we started.”
Following meetings with Meridian’s planning department and an Oct. 4 meeting with neighbors, McKinney worked with architects to revise the site plan. Unlike a previous plan for the site, which was most recently reviewed by the City Council in January, the new plan attempts to create more of a buffer between the store and a neighborhood south of the development.
The WinCo is still proposed for the southwest corner of the development, called Linder Village.
The discount grocer two years ago put up a sign saying it would open a store soon on Overland Road near Interstate 84’s Eagle Road interchange. That never happened, and the company isn’t saying whether it still plans to build there or not.