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30 Jan 2020

If A Kroger Becomes A Self Storage Facility, Will Everyone Go Hungry?


Original article published by Liz Fabian of GPBnews.org

No, we hope that nobody will go hungry. However, the lack of nearby food was addressed during a local meeting in Macon Georgia over the redevelopment of a Kroger grocery store.

Dozens of people opposed the conversion of a vacant grocery store into a storage facility in a USDA defined food desert coming before the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission of Georgia on Monday.

Several neighbors spoke out against a proposed climate-controlled self storage facility in the old Kroger at 400 Pio Nono Ave. in Macon.

The commission had been voted to defer the proposal for two weeks to give developers a chance draw up a concept for an outparcel store that might address community and neighborhood concerns.

Axela Development Group seeks a conditional use permit to build 569 storage units inside the 84,000 sq. ft. supermarket building about a block off of Vineville Avenue.

George Greer, the Macon attorney presenting the proposal, said the project would keep the sprawling vacant shopping center from deteriorating.

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