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Wed August 14, 2013
Council Clears The Way For Euclid Kroger Expansion
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Following a more than 6 ½ hour public meeting early Wednesday, the Urban County Council voted unanimously to grant a zone change requested by Kroger, clearing the way for a major expansion of its Euclid location. The decision comes over the objections of residents who fear the new store will overwhelm the neighborhood.
Close to 20 residents voiced their concerns about the development Tuesday night, questioning the scope of the project, which will more than double the size of the current store. About 35 opponents of the design attended the meeting, some holding yellow signs reading “NO Fort Kroger.”
More than a dozen residents spoke, calling the proposal a "big box" could cause "enormous" traffic problems for the area.
In a rebuttal to the criticisms, Kroger attorney Bruce Simpson called on the council to trust the judgment of the city planning commission, which approved the zone changes in May.
"If there had been any catastrophic, adverse consequences from this Kroger store, you would have heard about it. The staff would have told you," Simpson argued.
Ultimately all 11 council members present voted for the zone change – with a few stipulations requiring the company to build a covered bus stop on Euclid and an 8-foot privacy fence with plantings along the back of the property. Also, to cut down on noise, delivery trucks will have to cut off their engines after parking.