Matthews Market Plans Approved, Permit Will Be Issued Once Asbestos Removed
Plans for Matthews Market at 6203 Edloe have been approved by the City of West U., and the permit will be issued as soon as city officials receive confirmation of asbestos removal. The site is the former location of Matthews Motors.
The plans, submitted in June by Jim Reid, were denied twice for various reasons that have been resolved, according to city officials. An asbestos survey dated in February shows the building to contain asbestos in the window calking, and the city will not issue a permit until the asbestos has been removed by a licensed abatement contractor. Reid must notify the state 10 days prior to beginning the removal process.
Drawings of the proposal include a new awning and 5-foot sidewalk facing Edloe, with a raised backlit sign reading “Matthew’s Market.” The exterior will be decorative brick with down-lit wall sconces.
Reid, who announced the concept earlier this year, originally said he hoped for an April opening date. The city issued a stop work order in January when signs appeared advertising Matthews Market without approved plans filed with the city. Reid, former part-owner of JMH, says he was disappointed when JMH closed about a year and a half after his partner bought him out, and hopes Matthew’s Market will serve as a “neighborhood gathering place” as well as a local grocery store.