Environmental comment period to open for island shopping center


The public will can submit comments on the environmental impacts of a proposed shopping center on High School Road between Friday and July 19.

The city will open the comment period this week as part of the State Environmental Policy Act review for the Visconsi project. The proposed shopping center would add 62,000 square feet of commercial building space and 261 parking spaces to the northeast corner of High School Road and Highway 305.

As the city notice notes, this may be the only opportunity to lodge official comments on the environmental aspects of the project. The city expects to issue a determination of non significance.

Ohio-based developer Visconsi Companies is seeking approval for a site plan and conditional use permit for the project. The center would include a bank, large drug store, medical offices, restaurants and other businesses. This is Visconsi’s webpage for the project.

The proposal sparked protests on the island in June.  Protestors said the development isn’t needed and promotes sprawl.

The full notice is below:

Visconsi.sepa by tsooter

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