Letter: The challenge of vacant groceries

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On behalf of the more than 390 homeowners of the North Willow Farms neighborhood located near the intersection of 86th Street and Ditch Road, I write to thank you for your editorial “Long-vacant Marsh locations pose big challenge for neighborhoods” [July 26]. This is an issue of great concern to our neighborhood.

In August of 2018, our neighborhood wrote to the mayor’s office about our concerns regarding the redevelopment of the old Marsh at 86th and Ditch. In our letter, we emphasized that this area of our great city, known as Greenbriar, stands at a crossroads. With thoughtful development, it could be Indy’s version of the Market District in Carmel or, without attention, it could become a dilapidated commercial area.

While we understand Kroger’s decision to consolidate the number of its stores, we nonetheless are extremely concerned with what might end up at this location. In our letter, we requested that the mayor’s office convene a meeting of representatives from Kroger, other commercial property owners in Greenbriar, and representatives of surrounding neighborhoods to discuss the future of Greenbriar.

Together, we should chart a new course for development in Greenbriar. This will benefit all of Indianapolis and reinforce our vision for North Willow Farms, which is to be Indy’s Safest, Most Vibrant Neighborhood for All Families.

We thank the Indianapolis Business Journal for shining a light on this important issue.


Chris W. Cotterill
North Willow Farms

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