By Kelli Jo Hull
For Hometown News
The demolition of Daytona Beach Shores' Publix nears completion and the re-build will begin soon. The majority of the tear down of the old structure and debris removal took just over a week.
"They were done quickly," City Manager Michael Booker said. The building was "basically gutted" prior to demolition, resulting in the fast tear down, he said.
Much of the rubble was hauled away by a recycling company. Clean up of the site "went fine," Mr. Booker said.
The city received one noise complaint as the site was being prepared for new construction. A resident complained that demolition "started too early" in the morning, Mr. Booker said. However, the city allows demolition to occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. HGR Construction, the firm in charge of the project, was in compliance with that regulation, according to Mr. Booker.
The old store on Atlantic Avenue will be replaced by a larger facility that includes a liquor store and a pharmacy with a drive-through. Also, in exchange for some minor code variations, Publix will add some public benefits, including a bus bench easement, a covered loading dock, a direct walkway from South Atlantic through the parking lot to the store entrance, a six-foot high noise reducing, decorative wall on the west side of the property, four picnic benches in adjacent McElroy Park and additional trees along the eastern and southern borders of the property.
Publix officials "plan to be open in November," Mr. Booker said.
Since the store's closing in March, residents of Daytona Beach Shores as well as adjacent beachside communities have had limited options for grocery shopping. Atlantic Avenue is home to only two other supermarkets. Winn Dixie just north of the Publix location and a Publix much farther north in Ormond-by-the-Sea are options that don't please everyone.
Oceans III condo resident Janet Rabe-Meyer said, "We have been really stuck. I'm used to walking across the street for everything we need. Now I'm driving way out of my way. But I can't wait until it opens. It should be fabulous!"