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Meijer Store Project Vetted By Public At Two Hearings

Sussex Village President Greg Goetz describes the two public hearings held Wednesday regarding the proposed Meijer store as productive with valuable input gained.

Sussex Village President Greg Goetz described the two public hearings held Wednesday regarding the proposed Meijer store as productive with valuable input gained from both supporters and those that are opposed to the project.

About 100 residents attended and about two dozen spoke during the two public hearings for a condition-use permit and changes to the village's land-use map to allow for the store to be built.

"We answered a lot of the questions that they had," said Goetz. "I think some of the people were satisfied. They even stated that they were not totaling against the project, but they had a lot of questions…I think some of those were addressed."

Some of the concerns involve the proposed store being open 24 hours a day, traffic congestion that the big box may bring and the size of the proposed 200,000-square-foot store to be located at Highways K and 164 if approved. 

Another public hearing is scheduled for December 20 with the intention to field more concerns and suggestions from the public, according to Goetz.

"We want that input from the people. We are elected officials and not elected to make every decision based on what we feel. I want to get the pulse of the people in the village," he said.

The store, which plans to hire 200 to 250 employees, will be about 60 percent grocery and also consist of retail, a gas station, a garden center and pharmacy.

Randy November 30, 2012 at 01:50 PM
It would be nice to have something open 24/7, as far as traffic really? Look at all the trucks during the day I wouldn't worry about that, and with people worried about crime, have you read what the heck goes on in Sussex now? I think it would be nice to have a different place to shop besides roundy's or the pig.
Richard Head November 30, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Cross walks at that intersection will be needed for those who don't drive.
erik1779 November 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
And your point is!!!
Resident November 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Crosswalks -- really? Highly doubt folks living in Seven Stones will be "walking" to Meijers!
Richard Head November 30, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Yes, crosswalks. We wanted to have a safe walkable community. That is why we all did not want round a bouts in the down town area. Lots of residents walk the village or ride a bike instead of driving to the store for a mere 2 miles. We need to think of the people that don't drive or own a car for the matter. Lets help keep them safe.
CF November 30, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Round abouts would've been absolutely wonderful through Sussex. I thought they were vetoed because of the few businesses that they would effect. I highly doubt anyone will be walking to Meijer. It is not in a desirable "walkable" location.
Southwest Sussex November 30, 2012 at 08:13 PM
@Resident-I live in Seven Stomes and walk to Subway and Kohls and Walgreens. Many neighbors (and myself) walk, bike, and run to the Bugline trail. We don't need a 24/7 store. And yes Randy, traffic will be an issue on K. It's already an issue in both the AM and PM. We need this store like we need another industrial park.
Richard Head December 01, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I'm not talking about your normal cross walk, cross walk with bump outs would be the hot ticket. The village should look at even having a pedestrian bridge built over Lisbon rd. Not sure on cost for one of them. Bump outs might be cheaper to build and maintain.
Terri H. December 01, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Since those bump out were built by the library, does anyone know how many times those things have been hit because people forget they are there?
Randy December 02, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Hwy K should of had turn lanes put in when they redid that years ago, I agree that yes the am and pm its busy thats everyone going to or from work. Considering 164 is a major highway now Business's are looking for major highways to put up their stores. Sussex has only 1 1/2 food stores if The pig would of been able to tear down and rebulid their store then I wouldnt have wanted a meijer. And as far as the guy wanting bumpouts he's just being a smartass everyone knows those where the biggest waste of taxpayers money.
Randy December 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Oh and I do agree that Sussex doesnt need anymore industrial parks, I'm glad the one behind Kohl's got voted no

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