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Neighbors Feared Asian Grocery Store Would Attract Undesirables

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The proposed grocery store would have gone into a vacant office building. Google Map Photo

The city of Fairfield near Cincinnati has rejected an Asian grocery store opposed by nearby residents, reports Cincinnati.com.

The Fairfield City Council unanimously rejected the application from Nepal-born Narayan Dhungel.

According to the Journal-News, Dhungel estimated his market would have attracted 40-50 a day and was situated next to a Walgreens.

One woman said the store would attract “undesirables.” Another said the market would cause the neighborhood to decline. Others cited concerns about traffic. The market would have moved into a vacant office building.

Not everyone opposed the plan.

“It’s limiting people from doing business,” Chhabi Neopaney, a Nepal native and real estate agent said. “Keeping that property vacant is degrading the community.”

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