It appears to be only a matter of time before a new Meijer store is constructed at the southwest corner of 56th Street and Keystone Avenue. The most recent site plan is linked below. Fortunately, it appears that the proposed gas station on the property has been dropped:
To put the size of this store in perspective, the affected parcels are outlined in light blue here:
In addition to replacing the car dealerships (which is fine by me), this will also remove two nice sized plots of forest. The president of the North Kessler Park Neighborhood Committee, Kassandra Green, has contacted me to express concern that the residents directly to the north of this proposal have for this development. Here is a list that seems reasonable to me:
- Remove the entrance off of 56th Street, or at least make it separate from the neighborhood entrance in some way.
- Add sidewalks to the neighborhood to the north to aid in pedestrian safety.
- Add in a barrier and sensitive lighting to help shield the neighborhood from the 24-hour nature of the store.
- Add in landscaping.
Ms. Green made sure to add that the association is not trying to stop the development, but instead they want to soften the blow to the neighborhood and make it more of a win for the city. Any other thoughts would be welcome here.