New Kroger Development Concerning Colonial Heights Residents
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
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."