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Trustees vote down zoning change: No Kroger Marketplace
WEST CHESTER, Ohio (Paula Toti) -- Trustees in West Chester felt the heat Tuesday night as residents packed their meeting upset about a possible zoning change.
The "Crossings of Beckett" would include a Kroger Marketplace store at Route-74 and Tylersville Road.
The vote by the trustees Tuesday night was unanimous against the project "Crossings of Beckett." At 747 and Tylersville Road would have been the new Kroger Marketplace to replace one about a mile away, but not anymore.
Trustees said there were too many unanswered questions so for now the land remains a corn field. Many resident of the area Tuesday night feel like their concerns have been heard. Many were worried about the increase in traffic, property values, safety with a school nearby, and the lack of sidewalks surrounding the area.
Traffic congestion has been a big concern for families living near 747 and Tylersville Rd. Trustees didn't clear the Kroger project in part because while the developer committed to the Kroger Marketplace starting right away in phase one, there was not commitment to a start date of phase two of the project. Phase two included a mix of more retail and office space.
Some residents were also worried about the building that was going to be vacated when the new Kroger Marketplace moved. What would happen with that? Would someone come and fill the property or would it just stay empty?
Many of the residents and trustees had praise for Kroger, they shop there and they like the company. They just didn't feel like it was the right development for the area.
A consultant from Kroger declined to comment after the meeting. We don't know if the grocery chain plans to make another attempt to build on the site.
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