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Toledo City Council denies zoning request for West Toledo Kroger

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Toledo council rejected a zoning request that denies Kroger the ability to put a store on this property that has been part of Sisters of Notre Dame campus on the west side of Secor Road at Monroe Street.

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Toledo City Council this afternoon denied a controversial zoning change that would have cleared the way for construction of a new Kroger store on 19 acres in West Toledo.

Council voted 8-4 against the zoning change that would have allowed construction of a $26 million Kroger Marketplace on part of the Sisters of Notre Dame campus.

Council needed a super majority of nine votes to approve the zone change because it was disapproved by the Toledo Plan Commission.

The proposed Kroger would have been larger than the existing store nearby on the east side of Secor Road, south of Monroe Street.

The request sought by Kroger to rezone the Sisters’ property from residential to regional commercial sparked debate among those who supported the community for wanting to sell their property, to those opposed to the grocer’s plans to build a 123,000-square-foot store.

The plan commission staff recommended against the rezoning and site plans because the new store conflicts with the Toledo 20/​20 Comprehensive Plan, and because of concerns about the effect the commercial development could have on traffic in the heavily traveled Secor-Monroe Street corridor.

The Toledo 20/​20 Comprehensive Plan calls for the area to be used for institutional-type campus use such as a hospital, school, or college.

Councilmen Matt Cherry, Theresa Gabriel, Yvonne Harper, Tyrone Riley, Sandy Spang, Steven Steel, Larry Sykes, and Lindsay Webb voted against the zoning change.

The zoning-change request sparked a debate, pitting some neighbors who opposed the plan against those in favor of the development on the site currently owned by the Sisters of Notre Dame.

The Toledo Plan Commission in June rejected the company's request to amend the parcel’s zoning from residential to regional commercial, which would allow Kroger to build a store that would be larger than the existing store nearby on the east side of Secor Road, south of Monroe Street.

However, the site plans submitted to the plan commission for Kroger to build a new 123,000-square-foot store on the property, which is now flush with trees, were approved with 63 conditions.

Plan commission votes are recommendations to Toledo City Council’s zoning and planning committee, but because the plan commission voted against the zoning request, Kroger needed a super majority of nine votes from city council for the zoning change to be approved.

The plan commission staff recommended against Kroger’s plans because developing the property for commercial use conflicts with the Toledo 20/​20 Comprehensive Plan, which suggests campus institutional use for the land such as hospitals, schools, and colleges.

The staff also warned that commercial development could dramatically increase traffic in the heavily traveled Secor-Monroe-Sylvania Avenue district.

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