However, Kroger can’t get bricks and mortar work started until it has building permits from Butler County.
Dennis Deckard, the chief building official for the county, said the certificate of plan approval is complete but Kroger hasn’t come to pick it up yet.
Kroger officials who are familiar with the project could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Neighbors who live near the Kroger said they feared the new store would generate noise, traffic, lighting and crime, disrupting their daily lives, reducing their property values, and making it difficult to sell under-construction and existing homes.
After the zoning board approved some variances for the project in February 2015, the neighbors appealed to common pleas court. Butler County Judge Greg Stephens sided with Kroger.
Tim Mara, an attorney who represented the neighbors through the zoning process, said Kroger did make some concessions.
“They usually address the easy ones and ignore the tough ones,” Mara said. “There were some issues about noise and proximity of the loading dock to the houses to the east. They came back with some landscaping and some buffering.”
Liberty Twp. Trustee Tom Farrell said he didn’t personally get any complaints from neighbors, but said there is always tension when a commercial operation wants to locate near homes.
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“With any commercial anywhere near residential there’s always some compromises that need to be made,” Farrell said. “We have to figure out a way to co-exist. That’s what the zoning commission tries to do in all these cases, and I believe it’s what they tried to do here and I think they accomplished it.”
The site will also house Shoppes at Kyles Station I, a 13,800-square-foot strip center, that will be home to PetValu, El Rancho Nuevo restaurant, Great Clips, Aura Nail & Spa and a to-be-named restaurant.
Liberty Twp. Trustee Board President Christine Matacic said she believes the development will be good for the township.
“I think for the community it gives our residents additional options when it comes to being able go from a smaller store to a larger store,” she said. “There is more variety they’ll have access to and in the busy world we all live in. With Kroger now having meals prepared, it gives people options that they didn’t have before out in this area.”