The development of the physical property at 3738 Morrison Rd is the responsibility & under the direction of the nonprofit organization Re:Vision, not the Westwood Food Cooperative (WFC). However, the WFC will end up utilizing/leasing building space on this property in the future to renovate for its grocery store, so the property development, and the co-op store opening are very linked - hence this blog!
Since purchasing and taking control of the 1.7 acre junkyard property in early 2015, Re:Vision has been hard at work cleaning it up - abating asbestos, demolishing unsafe buildings, and hauling away trash and recycling. The property has come a long way and now has an active community education and fitness center, the beginnings of a 1-acre urban farm, and buildings we can 'use' for special events, gatherings, and meetings.
The process of coming to a final Master Site Plan is still evolving - we know the overall components like Re:Vision's offices, a community courtyard and plaza, urban farm and greenhouse, a full-service grocery store run by the Westwood Food Cooperative, etc. However what has been evolving as more information comes to light is the best configuration and scale of these components on the property.
We've finally come to rest on a Phased approach to the build-out of the property. While many details are still in the works and final timelines, budgets, and partners are not finalized, we are more confident than ever this is the best path forward.
These phases will be shared over the next few weeks - so check back frequently!