Planning commission approves facade for Young's Grocery
by Brian Anderson
Oct 19, 2013 | 2943 views |  0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jacksonville business that dates to the 1940s is getting some slight remodeling for the first time in two decades.

The city’s Planning Commission last week approved plans for the owner of Young Grocery at the corner of Gadsden Road and Pennsylvania Avenue to remove siding on the front of the building to build a new brick entrance.

Clayton Young, the owner, said the building has been in his family since 1947.

“It might be one of the oldest businesses in the city,” Young said. “We’ve owned it forever.”

Young said he’s let other businesses take over operations through the years – most recently a television store about three years ago – but the location has been Young Grocery for the majority of its existence.

With the commission’s approval this week, the new brick façade will be the first improvements Young has made to the building since the early 1990s.

The Planning Commission this week was also set to hear plans for a new construction project on J D and L Drive for the First Educators Credit Union, but the plans were withdrawn by Bailey Engineering. Jacksonville City Planner Lynn Causey said she didn’t know why the plans had been withdrawn, but she expected the engineers to resubmit plans at a later date.

Attempts Friday to reach officials with First Educators Credit Union and Bailey Engineering were unsuccessful.

Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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