The city held a neighborhood meeting for the Shoppes on Granada Phase 2 project.
Story corrected at 6 p.m. Friday, June 9.
Nancy Riedel is tired of feeling unsafe when she's driving out of her neighborhood and onto West Granada Boulevard.
The resident of Chelsea Place in Ormond Beach voiced her concerns June 5 at a neighborhood meeting for the second phase of the Shoppes on Granada project. The expansion to the shopping center, located at 1298 W. Granada Blvd., will include two retail stores next to a larger, 21,000-square-foot retail space the developer is proposing as a grocery store, two smaller buildings — one of which will be the future home of the relocated Salzburg Animal Hospital — and one larger space that's future use is undetermined.
"It could be a fast food restaurant, or it could be more retail," said Roger Strcula, consultant for Ferber Construction Management LLC. "If it is a fast food place, it could be a 3,100-square-foot building with a drive-thru."
This idea troubled another resident of Chelsea Place. Hope Salocks said she isn't ready for any more development near her home.
"You can't have more people turning right when we can’t get out of our homes already," said Salocks. "Do we really need more mattress stores and banks?"
Phase one of the project was completed two years ago and now includes Aspen Dental, AT&T, Chipotle, Mattress One, Panera Bread, Petco and Pie 5. Neighbors complained that development has already increased the traffic flow on West Granada Boulevard and adding more would make it dangerous.
"The problem is when that light at Lowe's is red, and we get a break in traffic to get out, then we have an influx of cars coming out of the shops," said Riedel. "It's getting dangerous."
Strcula said the Florida Department of Transportation is aware of the traffic and is looking into it. He also said the construction of phase two is scheduled to begin in early fall and will take approximately eight months to complete.