Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #3

The Cathedral Commons Construction Management Agreement Liaison Committee held its sixth meeting on May 1st. Key developments to celebrate or anticipate include the following:

  • The excavation phase is expected to be over by early June, and with it the early-morning dump truck annoyances.
  • The first of three giant cranes is on the site. It started concrete work on April 22nd. It will soon be joined by two more immense cranes, and the concrete is expected to reach grade level by early October.
  • If their insurance company approves it, Bozzuto intends to organize a kid-oriented community event to demonstrate and explain the operation of the cranes, maybe in September.
  • The installation of a storm sewer and a sanitary line down the middle of Idaho Ave. is expected to begin on May 28th. This will be done in two phases (Newark to Wisconsin, and Newark to the property line toward Macomb), and the affected part of Idaho will be closed to through traffic for two or three months for each phase. This work will be regrettably noisy.
  • Installation of a large water main under Wisconsin Avenue will begin this summer. Wisconsin will be reduced to two lanes during working hours until the end of the year. More information on this phase of the project will be posted here as it becomes available.
  • Starbucks and SunTrust Bank will be returning to the site. There will also be a drug store there, since there will not be one inside the Giant. Negotiations are underway between Bozzuto and several restaurants and retailers. Watch this space for updates.
  • The shell of the grocery store is scheduled to be delivered to Giant in April 2014. It will take them 4 – 5 months to fit out the space, so the grocery store — and other retail space — should be open in the Fall of 2014.

The next meeting of the CMA Liaison Committee is not yet firmly scheduled, but it will probably be on June 4, 2013, at the Second District Police Stations. The public is welcome.

The minutes of all Liaison Committee meetings are posted on the ANC3C website at In addition, periodically updated construction information is available at