SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — People in Springfield on Tuesday night voiced concerns over a proposed new Kroger store.
Springfield city leaders have been working to re-zone a property on State Route 72 near I-70 from agriculture to commerce, with the intent of bringing a Kroger Superstore to the area.
Several residents spoke at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, saying they’re worried about that plan.
“There is going to be considerable danger to bicycle riders, pedestrians and people trying to have access not only to the Kroger Marketplace but access to and from their homes,” Springfield resident Deborah Loewer said.
Clark County Commissioners have already approved annexing a plot of land south of I-70 from Springfield Township to Springfield. That plot of land is currently an empty field where a driving range used to be.
Commissioners say the new Kroger would add around 350 jobs, but it would mean closing the current Kroger on South Limestone.
That would leave some people in a so-called “food desert”, or an area without a grocery store near their homes. Commissioners say Springfield is planning to offer bus service so people can make their shopping trips more easily.
Springfield city council members will vote on the issue at next month’s meeting.