ARCH CAPE – Plans are in motion to revamp the former Arch Cape Deli and Grocery into a community gathering space, restaurant and deli.
A land use compatibility statement has been submitted as one of the early steps in renovating the deli and grocery store, which closed in 2011.
The original building, built in 1939, served as a general store before being rebuilt and expanded into the post office and grocery store many people visited on a daily basis as a community hub.
For the past few years, property owner Butch Coleman has been purchasing surrounding properties and rezoning the area to prepare for breaking ground on a 6,000 square multiuse space, said Vito Cerelli, the lead designer for the project from O’Brien & Co.
In addition to restoring the deli, the vision for the new Arch Cape Deli and Grocery includes incorporating a new restaurant called the Tunnel Cafe, a bakery, adding space that can be rented for meetings or events, and the possibility of post office boxes.
“We want to bring back a community building to the area,” said Cerelli, who grew up in Arch Cape. “The deli served as a community gathering spot. Arch Cape is mostly residential, so (Coleman) really wanted to create a space for the local community.”
While the inspiration for the project is drawn from creating something for the community, Cerelli said he and Coleman also see the project’s highly visible location off U.S. Highway 101 as a benefit to draw in travellers, as well.
Designs and details are still evolving, but Cerelli said from a design perspective people should expect a large, Pacific Northwest-style timber lodge.
“Every detail of the building is a natural timber look,” Cerelli said. “There will be lots of exposed timber — all the siding is being custom milled for the project.”
After the county reviews the application, a public hearing will be held to discuss the project later this year, Cerelli said. Coleman and Cerelli hope to break ground sometime next year.