Evanston considering help for Valli Produce

Looking to sweeten the deal to bring a grocery store to the Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue area, Evanston is considering a resolution to make available as much as $2 million for tenant improvements, canopy repair and landscaping.

Valli Produce has been in negotiations with Safeway, parent company of the former Dominick’s store at Evanston Plaza, which was vacated at the end of the year.

The family-run chain was initially looking to sublease the property to bring a 70,000-square-foot supermarket to the shopping center. Valli Produce spokesperson Frank Greco had no comment today on a report in Crain’s Chicago Business that Valli had purchased the shopping center.

At the request of Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd, in whose ward encompasses the site, the resolution was tabled Aug. 11 until the next committee meeting.

To obtain financing from its lender, Azzurri, the name under which Valli is operating, has requested a city council resolution giving the city manager authority to negotiate a tax increment finance redevelopment agreement.

A previous resolution gave the city manager the authority to negotiate with Bonnie Management, which runs the overall center.

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