Meeting kicks off first night of La Fete de Marquette for 2nd straight year
The Willy Street Co-op will hold their annual Membership Meeting tonight (July 11) as a kick-off to La Fete de Marquette (July 11-14) at the corners of East Washington Avenue and South Dickinson Street. The Co-op, a presenting sponsor of the festival, will present a financial report of the just concluded fiscal year as well as candidates for the Board of Directors which will be voted-on in August.
Of interest this year is a $2 Million remodel of the Willy East location which members approved last August. However, in a letter to membership, General Manager Anya Firszt on behalf of the Co-op management and Board is seeking authorization to spend anadditional $2 Million to remodel and expand the East Side location.
The original ask was for “re-merchandizing internal departments, a redesign of the loading dock and receiving area, and a floor replacement.” at the 1221 Williamson Street location according to the letter. The additional money would fund a second story over parts of the current building, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and an expanded commons area.
Since the expansion would cost more than 10 percent of the Co-op’s equity a vote of the members is required and balloting will conclude on July 16 at 6 p.m. An FAQ on the expansion can be seen here. You can also read the Willy Street Co-op application to the Landmarks Commission here
Like last year, the Co-op will be hosting dinner for 4,000 with free tickets for owners which need to be picked up at the store. Non-members can become equity members for $10 and be eligible for food and prizes which will be given away to the first $1,000 members.
Find out more about La Fete de Marquette here which is a benefit for the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.
The entire La Fete Schedule can be found here
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