City Announces Olive Garden and Commercial Shopping Center

The City of Merced announced negotiations are underway for an Olive Garden restaurant at the former Hometown Buffet on Olive Avenue at the Merced Mall. Additionally, the City announced a Sacramento-based developer is in the process of purchasing a six-acre property located on the southwest corner of Childs Avenue and Canal Streets, which is zoned for a commercial shopping center.

The pending Olive Garden Project plan includes a 6,489-square-foot restaurant that will seat 206 people. City staff is advising on-site plan details and design. More information about a construction time frame is pending completion and execution of terms and a lease agreement.

Details for the Childs Avenue and Canal Street Project includes the proposed development of a grocery store, auto parts retailer, office space, and additional retail space.

The project developer, Frank Kozlowski, owner of Sacramento-based Koz Real Estate, is working with City staff to draw tenant interest to the site and secure entitlements.

“We are thrilled to partner with Codding Enterprises and Koz Real Estate on these two projects,” said Stephanie Dietz, city manager for the City of Merced. This news recognizes long-standing requests for development projects that bring vibrance and enhance the quality of life for residents in these areas.”

Olive Garden is a perfect fit for the Council’s vision of positive growth around the Merced Mall and the broader Olive Avenue corridor. Additionally, the development of a much-needed grocery-anchored shopping center on Childs and Canal Streets will provide convenience, growth for business, and job opportunity for residents,” concluded Dietz.

Additional information for each project will be provided upon confirmation from Codding Enterprises and Koz Real Estat

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