During a public hearing before the Springfield City Council, some residents said Hy-Vee’s plan to build a second grocery store in the city would be an economic boon, while opponents said the construction would be a disaster for the surrounding neighborhood.
City staff and company representatives said the proposed store would generate jobs and tax revenue for the area. But neighbors lobbied hard against the project, likening it to an invasion.
More than three dozen speakers signed up Monday to comment on the proposed ordinance, which would rezone the 10.5-acre site from single-family residential use to general retail.
Of those who spoke in the first two hours, about two-thirds opposed the rezoning. The council plans to vote on the proposed ordinance in two weeks.