An unidentified grocery store looking to take over the former Atlas Market is asking the Poway City Council to approve a building exterior remodel.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be held virtually, due to health restrictions.
The new tenant, not named in the agenda, is asking to remodel the building’s exterior and adjacent storefronts in the Twin Peaks Plaza shopping center. The Target building and standalone buildings along Pomerado Road and Ted Williams Parkway are not part of the proposed modifications as they have different owners, city staff said.
The modifications are necessary for the new tenant to fit its corporate architectural guidelines, staff said. The proposed remodel does not fit with the design of the existing shopping center. To comply with city requirements, Regency Centers LP, the applicant and one of the property owners, will remodel the adjacent storefront spaces as well. They will receive new columns, colors and materials compatible with the exterior façade of the new grocery store, staff said.
Council approval is needed because the remodel consists of more than 25 percent of the center, and does not substantially conform to the approved development review for the center, staff said.
The grocery store building was part of the second phase of construction for the center. It was approved in 1988. It has been occupied by several grocery stores over the years, with Atlas Market the latest. It closed in July. The building was last remodeled in 2007, staff said.
The plan going to the council includes removing two existing Spanish-style roof gables to create a modern, rectangular overhang projecting over the entrance, which are to be medium-to-dark brown, staff said. Panels on adjoining main walls are to be light gray, with cream colored trim. The underside of the canopy is to be lime green and façade include rectangular architectural smooth vinyl panels with a matte finish.
Adjacent shop buildings are to be painted similar colors to compliment the color scheme of the new grocery store. Siding materials will be variations of browns and grays with “slate tile” blue accents, staff said. Roman columns supporting the canopies are to be removed and replaced with square panel pillars.
The unnamed tenant will have a delivery component, staff said. Regency Centers LP has informed staff the new tenant will operate a retail grocery store open to the public. Property zoning does not allow a warehouse use or storage of a vehicle fleet.
The council will also be asked to authorize a partnership with the Poway Unified School District to facilitate distance learning. The agenda item will allow the city to provide some of the funding it received from the CARES Act to the district. The funds would provide 200 low-income Poway families with portable internet hot-spots and one year of dedicated internet access. The cost is roughly $48,000, staff said.
“… Many low-income households in Poway do not have internet access which severely limits their ability to learn in a distance-learning environment,” Mayor Steve Vaus said in his proposal. “These children and their families are facing enough challenges due to the pandemic. Let’s do what we can to lessen the struggle of distance learning. This is Poway. Whenever we face a challenge, we take care of one another.”
The meeting is closed due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The public can watch the meeting live at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 via the internet or on television (Cox: channel 24, Spectrum: channel 19). Those wishing to make a public comment can call in. Instructions and agenda are on the city’s website, poway.org/councilmeetings.