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Opposition growing towards planned Colonial Heights grocery store

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) -

It is scheduled to open in 2015, but a planned multi-million dollar Kroger on Temple Avenue is already generating considerable opposition. Neighbors with backyards facing the current Colonial Heights Courthouse will have a view of an eight-foot tall fence and are now asking if city leaders fast-tracked the proposal.

"I was really hurt by the way they did things," said neighbor Nancy McDaniel in an interview Tuesday. "A lot of the people on City Council I voted for and had confidence in. But we didn't even know about this project until it appeared to be a done deal."

Colonial Heights held an announcement ceremony at the future Kroger site on Friday, Sept. 6. But residents could not express opposition to the project until a public hearing held the following week. Council members said during the meeting that information concerning the proposal was posted on the Colonial Heights city website.

"You have a lot of older people who live in this area," McDaniel said. "They don't even use the Internet."

A request for comment from the City Council was not returned Tuesday afternoon.

The current Colonial Heights Courthouse is set for demolition, after the new $23 million building opens Oct. 18. The planned grocery store will create 200 jobs, and would be open from 5 a.m. to midnight. The City Council unanimously approved the deal.

Neighbors on Hamilton and Mac Arthur Avenues expressed concern on the increase in traffic, and complained the area is currently a residential / office zone, not commercial.

The Temple Avenue court building is expected to be demolished in the spring of 2014, with the Kroger opening by the end of 2015.

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