VIDEO: Newark hears from residents about economic development plan

Newark's Planning Commission is gathering public input as it tries to come up with a comprehensive development plan.

WDEL's Joe Irizarry has more.

As the commission is focusing on downtown economic development, residents at the meeting and through surveys have presented many options they want to see.

Newark City Planner Richard Nietubicz describes the more popular choices from residents.

"There's a strong desire to have independent retail operations, particularly those geared towards to young and middle-aged adults. Grocery stores within walking distance, particularly gourmet grocery stores," says Neitubicz.

The type of supermarket Nietubicz is talking about include Wegmans, Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.

Nietubicz knows size is an issue and there would only be room for one if a grocery store is built, but he says it's doable.

"With the right store in the right location it's a possibility and something we definitely want to try everything we can to make it happen," he says.

Residents at the meeting also suggested the city make more spaces for retail outlets and less for apartments.

Nietubicz adds the planning commission hopes to complete the full comprehensive development plan in about nine months.

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