Ex-Kroger site in Riverside could see new development; meeting set for March 11



A mixed-use development is being proposed for the site of a Riverside shopping center where a Kroger store closed last year.

Property owner Diego A. Gracia is proposing to change the land use for the Spinning Road Plaza at the intersection of Burkhardt and Spinning roads, according to a letter to area residents.

The land is about a mile north of Carroll High School and a mile south of the edge of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base nearest the museum.

The project site is about 9 acres that houses a shopping center formerly anchored by Kroger, Riverside Community Development Director Nia Holt said.

Credit: STAFF

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Kroger closed the site in March 2023 when the Cincinnati-based retailer opened a new store on Woodman Drive. The Spinning location was open for more than 60 years, city officials said.

Aside from the rezoning proposal, “we really don’t have much more. The reason we’re exploring rezoning is so we can have options as to what can go into the space” Gracia told the Dayton Daily News.

The city has not received an application for the plan, Holt said. The letter states the proposal “would benefit the community” and a zoning change will be requested for the site.

A meeting on the issue is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the Dayton Metro Library, 4704 Burkhardt Ave. Gracia said he would be open to hearing residents’ concerns about the property’s future.

“We have been directed to invite you to discuss this proposal before an application can be filed,” the letter says. “This will be an informal meeting to give you the opportunity to review the proposed plan and discuss the proposal with the developer or their representative.”

A change the city made last year compels developers to hold a neighborhood meeting when they want a rezoning to “allow neighbors to give input,” Riverside Mayor Pete Williams said. Next week’s meeting would be in addition to any planning commission meeting, he added.

“This is another layer and opportunity for citizen input that wasn’t there before and we want to give people an opportunity to have that input,” Williams said.

The land is zoned B-1 neighborhood business district, Holt said. A mixed-use development would require a rezoning to an overlay district or a planned unit development district, Holt said.

Gracia and Catalina Trs bought the land in 2022 from Spinning Hills Plaza LLC for $1.3 million, according to Montgomery County real estate records.

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