Sunday, March 25, 2001

Village Green plan before the public

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — Residents plan to speak out Monday during a public hearing against a 77,000-square-foot Kroger store proposed for the Village Green development.

        The purpose of the public hearing is to get feedback about a proposed development plan, which includes a Kroger and possibly some upscale retail shops, a coffee shop, bookstore and restaurants.

        Judy Abbott, who lives in the Village Green subdivision, said residents fear the complex would draw noise from delivery trucks, lights, crime and traffic.

        “It's really going to decrease the value of our property,” she said.

        Project developer Joe Schwarz, president of J-II Homes Inc., said the de velopment will increase property values and jobs.

        “This is simply a win-win-win-win proposition,” he said.

        Councilman Jeffrey Holtegel said he is generally pleased with the plans, although he has some concerns about lighting and buffering, which he will address at the public hearing. Still, he said, Kroger has done a good job of addressing traffic concerns.

        City Council had the first of three readings on the development proposal March 12.

        Monday's public hearing is at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Municipal Building, 5350 Pleasant Ave. The Planning Commission must provide a recommendation on the development proposal to City Council, which has final say.


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