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Grocery store gets green light from commission despite neighbor opposition

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Vanderburgh County Commissioners give the green light for a new grocery store despite strong opposition from neighbors. 

Commissioners approved rezoning the plot of land at the intersection of Heckel and Green River Road. It's a development that neighbors say is a mistake.

Houchens Industries will soon begin construction on a Crossroads IGA Neighborhood Market.

On Tuesday night, homeowners reiterated their concerns about flooding. They say that area is flood prone and the project's design will make it worse.

"We sandbag every two years and it doesn't need to happen there. They can put it somewhere else and if they cared about our community as they say they do, being a family grocery store, then they would put it somewhere else," resident Susanna Lansdale said. 

"I understand some of the concerns from local residents, and as I said in the presentation, if we're there or not, it's not going to change the flooding issue," said Tim Rich with Houchens Industries.

Commissioners voted two to zero in favor of rezoning. Commissioner Joe Kiefer excused himself since his company is handling the sale of the property.

This was the first of three rezoning requests in that area. A 250-unit apartment complex and the CVB's proposed baseball and softball complex will come up for a vote next month.

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