Whole Foods plaza plans move forward

BEVERLY — The fate of a building permit for the new Whole Foods plaza lies in the hands of the city.

CEA Group, the developer behind the Brimbal Avenue project, filed an application for the permit several weeks ago, according to the firm’s attorney, Tom Alexander.

It usually takes about a month for a permit to be issued, but because of the massive scale of the project — which includes a Whole Foods, a bank, a restaurant, and multiple other retail spaces — it could take longer, Alexander said.

Provided the permit gets the go ahead, Alexander said the developer hopes to start work again in the spring. The plaza is tentatively planned to be open in spring 2019.

“The developer’s plans are to start pouring the foundations in the spring as soon as the frost is out of the ground,” he said.

Construction is set to continue throughout the warmer months next year, Alexander said.

“The plan is that the

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