Fishers council defers action on Kroger Marketplace

March 4, 2014
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No decision has been rendered on The Kroger Cos.’ grand plans to build a 123,000-square-foot replacement for its grocery store at 116th Street and Olio Road, but the Fishers Town Council didn’t exactly embrace the proposal Monday night.

"It flies in the face of extensive community land planning" conducted when the intersection was developed a dozen years ago, said longtime Town Council member Stuart Easley. "For me, it was dead upon proposal."

Council members tabled a request to annex the 6.8 acres of land Kroger has assembled for the project, then chose not to conduct the so-called “first reading” for requests to rezone the property and amend current development guidelines. Fishers’ Plan Commission can review the rezoning request and planned unit development amendment (and solicit public comment) without council signoff, but the final decision rests with the elected panel.

And Monday’s inaction raises questions about whether the project will get any support on the council.

"It sends a signal to the petitioner that the desired project has some significant deficiencies that need to be addressed," Easley said.

Easley, who was on the council during a land-planning process that spanned two years, said town leaders worked with the developer (and Kroger) to come up with an acceptable mix of uses and users for the neighborhood retail hub. One of the agreed-upon restrictions was a 65,000-square-foot size limit for a single tenant.

"It was an extensive, prolonged, robust process," he told IBJ, and the result has been successful development of all four corners of the busy intersection. And he worries that Kroger's new proposal could upset the apple cart.

IBJ reported Kroger’s plans on Friday, and neighbors already have mobilized to take a stand against the project, saying the area already is too congested.

What’s your take on the dispute?

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  • Fishers Smart Town Council
    Fishers council sure has it all figured out. That's it....Save the property so Fishers can build more cheap houses around that area. Forget about enhancing the area with nice businesses that create jobs and help lower taxes.
  • Palms
    Kroger is obviously not making enough campaign contributions.
  • Obvious bad plan
    This was an obvious bad plan by Kroger. Mike- you must not be familiar with the area because the average home price around this Kroger is probably near $400,000. Hardly cheap.
    • Yes Bob I'm Famailiar
      Bob, Lived in the area for 43 years. Yes they are cheap. You mean they're supposed to be $400,000, but really worth true appraisal of $40,000. Try again Mr. Smart Guy....you must be on the Fishers Town Council!!!
    • What they really want
      They would rather rip out more trees or give Kroger more town-owned land so they can drop it in the middle of downtown. Pardon my incredulity at their concern about traffic THERE when they are building apartments and condos right in the middle of the most congested area of town. Sheesh.
    • Town Council Posturing
      They are posturing due to primaries coming up! They have said yes to how many developers along 116th AND given them money, in an area where traffic is a lot worse and now they say no to an established grocer that brings a lot of tax revenue to the Town that just wants to make an existing store larger since it is so busy it is too crowded! They had to show they could say no......Kroger just had bad timing. Hopefully they slow it down, let the elections happen, then go back in. I bet they would get a different result then!!!!!
    • Really?
      As the apartment capital of Hamilton county, yes, I can totally see our horrible town counsel and planning board rejecting business in favor of anything that will bring down the quality of the area. Let's get rid of green town center and put up parking garages and condos. Let's restrict Kroger, but allow crappy housing editions to overtake the farm land in the east. They have noooo clue what the residents want!
    • Really
      In reviewing the plans, Kroger wants to double the size of the current store, the new store will be set back behind the current store's location, thus not be an eyesore from Olio. They are bringing more jobs, more tax revenue and are shifting the store's screening back as they are simply pushing it back into a field. I don't understand why Fishers Town Council is so up in arms, seems to be a win. When I visit the store on a Saturday, it is hard to find parking and they are doubling it while not moving the new structure any closer to 116th street than the existing retail strip. We need the revenue for the schools.
    • Great project....stupid council
      Let me see....bigger store. Set back from road. More screening. More landscaping. Nice Architecture. More jobs. More tax revenue. All good things right? I must be missing something since our "wise" council gleefully sent a "message". The "message" they sent is they don't know what the residents want!!!!!!!! Primaries......here we come!!!!!!!
    • Town Council. Ironic Name.
      Our lovely town council in action. They are loaning... - $9.5 million to a Fishers Train Station site apartment project. - $11.5 million The Depot at Nickel Plate - $800,000 to VoxLumen $10.77 million gift to be paid back in property taxes they would pay anyway. Given Fisher has 81,000 people, these alone, we just paid these companies $370 each.. taxpayer credit and money. Kroger will increase tax revenue, add jobs, and does not want money! Maybe they should have asked for some then council would have said "yes!"

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