By Bill O'Neil
An expansion is coming to HEB's Downtown headquarters--plans that will also include the construction of a new grocery store.
City Council gave a thumbs up to the proposal--with backers seeing a lot of opportunity--starting with hundreds of new jobs.
"And--to create a downtown grocery store that I believe is going to be a further catalyst to the revitalization of downtown" said Mayor Julian Castro who backed the plan. Councilman Diego Bernal--whose district includes that area--agreed.
"It bring sprofessional jobs and potential residents to the inner city" Bernal said.
But many who live in the neighborhood that will be impacted are less than pleased with what they see. In particular--they are frustrated with the coming closure of a portion of South Main--which is part of the plan.
"This issue is not a bout a grocery store--it's about giving away public access" one man said, while a woman expressed frustration over what she sees as her shrinking neighborhood.
"You keep taking my neighborhood away--I don't have any neighborhood. My jkids had no one to play with" she said just before council voted. Another woman compared old neighborhoods like hers to an old person.
"You can't keep blocking their arteries--and chopping off part of their bodies--and expect them to live--let alone thrive" she said.