By Megan Trent
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2014) – Meijer has dropped two zoning petitions for a new store slated to be built on Keystone Avenue near Glendale, but that doesn't necessarily mean construction will be scrapped altogether.
The new Meijer store would be located at the intersection of 56th Street and Keystone Avenue and would include two entrances. Some land Meijer would need for the project would also require rezoning, because an apartment building is currently located on part of the property.
People living in the area have been strongly opposed to the plans. At a meeting last month, neighbors said that traffic was already heavy in the area, and the proposed entrance on 56th Street would only worsen the problem. They also voiced concerns about property values and pedestrian safety.
Thursday, Meijer representatives pulled two zoning petitions from consideration at a Planning Commission hearing. People living nearby say it’s a relief.
“Right now, that is great,” says Kassi Green, president of the newly formed North Kessler Neighborhood Committee. “It’s not Meijer that we have the problem with. It’s the concerns of traffic that weren’t being addressed in our neighborhood. But for now, I’m very happy with the result.”
Pulling the zoning petitions doesn’t mean Meijer is backing out of the proposed northeast side project, but company representatives confirm that the plans for that site are being evaluated.