Those of you who have lived in the area have heard of Strohecker’s. For those of you who don’t know, Strohecker’s was a small grocery store that was close and convenient. Whenever you needed another gallon of milk, you could quickly get one, or send your kid to get it. Every summer my friends and I would play at the park and get ice cream sandwiches at Strohecker’s after. It was the perfect neighborhood store. However, all good things must come to an end.
In 2012 a California based retail company, Southwest Hills LLC, bought Strohecker’s, and the 1.14 acres it was on, for 5.5 Million dollars. They had hoped to tear down the store and build condos in its place. Thankfully there were restrictions, zoning laws required that the land was commercial, not residential. In the summer of 2019 after years of fighting they finally got residential permits, however, the city required them to keep at least 3000 sf of retail space.
In the latest plans for the space, there are plans to build two mix-use buildings that are each 3 stories tall and 11 townhouses that are also all 3 stories tall. This was good news, it meant that the neighborhood was going to get their local grocery store back, but there was a catch. If the owner can’t find a tenant for the retail space within one year of the finished construction of the shell of the building, the retail space requirements will be dropped. Southwest Hills LLC has predicted that the construction will be done in 2022, so we won’t know what will happen until then.