Marysville News

Design Review Board OKs plans

Kroger: New store 'preliminary' despite approval


The Marysville Design Review Board approved plans Nov. 13 for a new Kroger Marketplace and fuel center on West Fifth Street.

Kroger officials cautioned, however, that the plans are preliminary, although company spokeswoman Beth Wilkin did say Kroger is in contract to buy land on West Fifth Street adjacent to the U.S. Route 36 interchange.

Andrew Gardner, with the engineering firm C.F. Bird & R.J. Bull, Inc., presented exterior plans to the Design Review Board for the 123,000-square-foot building at 1475 W. Fifth St.

The board reviewed the site plan, which included building elevations, landscaping and the color and type of stone to be used on the exterior.

Gardner said the company is working with the city and the Ohio Department of Transportation to deal with any traffic issues. Kroger commissioned a traffic study and is working with ODOT to determine how the U.S. Route 33/36 interchange may need to be adjusted.

Nancy Burton, public communications manager for ODOT, said Friday, Nov. 15, that a traffic study was submitted to the state agency.

"We made some comments about the traffic counts and certification and sent it back to Kroger," she said. "We have not heard back from them."

Lindsey Taylor, Kroger division real estate manager, said there is no timeline for the new building and no estimate on how many jobs it might bring to Marysville.

Wilkin said there are many steps that still need to be completed.

"We are feverishly working towards due diligence," she said. "It's too early to announce a start date, so there is no completion date.

"We're excited about the possibility of a new store. It's been quite a while since the current store has been open in Marysville."

The current store at 1095 W. Fifth St. was remodeled several years ago and recently added a liquor store.

Taylor said the company still is deciding what it might do with the current Kroger building if it proceeds with the new store.

Marysville City Planner Greg DeLong said the company still needs to complete engineering reviews, which include utilities and roadway improvements; and building reviews, which include all structural items.

In addition, he said, there may be reviews required by ODOT and the Environmental Protection Agency.