Businessman hopes to bring grocery to Carnegie
Craig Cozza hopes that by purchasing the long-vacant former Family Dollar lot, he can bring a grocery store to the Carnegie community.
“It's something Carnegie is really lacking,” said Cozza, owner of Cozza Enterprises, which is close to reaching a sales agreement with the borough. “We want to be a part of bringing that here.”
The $350,000 purchase will not be finalized until borough council's March meeting.
The lot is on Jane Street and has been up for sale since summer 2012. State law dictates that borough-owned property must be put up for public bid.
Borough solicitor Joe Lucas said there were no offers to buy the property the first time it was put up for bids. The second time, there were no qualifying bids.
After two rounds of bidding, the borough was allowed, under state law, to pursue private negotiations. After reaching a private agreement, the borough must provide a public announcement of the sale and adhere to a 30-day waiting period before finalizing the sale.
Lucas said Cozza approached the borough following the second failed bid attempt.
Cozza Enterprises bought the former post office in 2009, which now is the Medicine Shoppe and Carnegie Coffee Company. Cozza said he wants to bring more to the community.
“It's a great destination,” he said. “It has a great downtown that's been beat up over the years, but it's coming back. Good things are happening there, and we want to be one of the catalysts.”
He said his first-choice grocer is the East End Co-op, a member-owned organic grocery store in Pittsburgh's East End.
While nothing is set in stone, “we would love to have them. I think it would be fantastic here,” Cozza said. “We're in pursuit of that kind of use in that kind of space. It's exactly the type of thing we're looking for.”
Justin Pizzella, general manager of the co-op, said the Carnegie site is a good one, but they still are evaluating options.
“We still have to go through a number of steps,” Pizzella said on Monday. “Carnegie is one of several sites we're looking at.”
Carnegie Borough Manager Stephen Beuter said a grocery store would do the community good.
“It would be one more attraction to bring more individuals to town,” he said. “And, of course, it will bring employment opportunities into the community.”
He said a grocer will add to the borough's “continuously growing business district.” It is a growth Cozza said he hopes to be a part of.
“The things they're doing there – a lot of nice pieces are being added,” Cozza said. “It's really exciting to see Carnegie realizing its whole potential. We're trying to be a part of that.”
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
Add Megan Guza to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Parking spaces not keeping up with Carnegie’s business growth
- Social Democrats plan two-day convention in Carnegie
- Bridgeville library to display best of Christmas tree festival
- Heidelberg officials want new plans for playground redesign
- Performance at Carnegie library to spotlight silent film legend