SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Springfield City Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to move forward with building a Kroger Superstore.
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. The proposed site is currently an empty field in a nearby township. Clark County Commissioners previously approved rezoning the former driving range and surrounding land from Springfield Township to the City of Springfield.
By expanding the city limits, the income tax generated from the newly built Kroger would go towards Springfield. According to County Commissioners, the new superstore would add around 350 jobs.
A vote to move forward with the development also meant closing the now undersized Kroger on South Limestone, which could leave some people in a so-called “food desert”, or an area without a grocery store near their homes.
Having heard the concerns, Springfield City leaders are reportedly doing transportation studies and in are discussion with transportation officials to provide bus service to those in need once the new grocery chain opens.
The closing date for the current Kroger on South Limestone has not been announced. However, the zoning changes for the proposed site will go into effect November 25 and the new superstore is projected to open late 2017 or Early 2018.