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New Kroger Development Concerning Colonial Heights Residents

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Rendering of the forthcoming Colonial Heights store. (Courtesy of Kroger) Rendering of the forthcoming Colonial Heights store. (Courtesy of Kroger)

COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Kroger could soon be building its newest grocery store at the sight of the current Colonial Heights Court House.

Earlier this month, Colonial Heights City Council agreed to sell the property for $2.6 million.

Estimated to be more than 90,000 square feet, construction could begin next summer.

But it's not only the store itself that has neighbors worried.

"I figure the tractor trailers that are coming through have got exhaust fumes and they are going to run right here directly behind the garage," resident Dennis Livingston says. "The gas station that is going to open up with it, widening of Temple Avenue, the construction is going to be crazy. I have no idea what it will do to the value of the house here."

Home value is a major concern for some along MacArthur Avenue. But at least one local realtor says not to worry

"When you look at the neighborhoods that already have strip malls or grocery stores that are located close to that particular business, I don't see that it has affected those values in any way," says Sue Henshaw of Landmark Realty.

While many in this neighborhood have expressed concern, some are staying positive.

James Clay lives close to the proposed Kroger site and says he looking forward to it.

"If they do it correctly with the buffer fence and things such as lighting it should not be a problem I don't feel like," he says. "A lot of people will probably enjoy the convenience of having a grocery store and a pharmacy close by."

 

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