TOPEKA IS RAISING EYEBROWS. KSNT NEWS’ “JAMES RYAN” TALKED TO THOSE WHO LIVE NEARBY WHERE THE NEW PLANT WILL BE BUILT. AND FOUND OUT WHY MANY ARE NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR NEW NEIGHBORS. TIME:1:53 THERE’S NOT A LOT OF NOISE COMING OFF OF CROCO ROAD. “My house is quiet relatively. There’s birds and trees and animals.” BUT THAT COULD CHANGE. RESERS IS PLANNING TO BUILD 318- THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FOOD PROCESSING PLANT RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF CROCO ROAD AND SIXTH AVENUE. SOMETHING SANDRA CAMPRISE AND HER NEIGHBORS ARE NOT EXCITED ABOUT. “I don’t know if you’ve driven by potato processing plants, but they’re really smelly.” ALONG WITH THE SMELL, NEIGHBORS ARE CONCERNED WITH THE LIGHTS AND SOUND ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH A PROJECT. NEIGHBORS HAVE PUT “STOP RESER’S EXPANSION” SIGNS IN THEIR YARD TO PROTEST THE DEVELOPMENT. WHILE MANY PLAN TO LIVE THERE FOR YEARS TO COME, CAMPRISE SAYS SHE’S WORRIED WHAT THE PROJECT WILL DO TO THEIR PROPERTY VALUES. “Would you want to live across the street from an industrial plant? We’re not going to be able to get the equity out of our houses even if we wanted to sell. THE DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED TO BRING OVER 200 JOBS TO THE AREA. NEIGHBORS TO RECOGNIZE THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THE PLANT COULD HAVE FOR THE AREA – THEY JUST DON’T WANT IT IN THEIR BACKYARD. “We appreciate Topeka is trying to get more jobs, just please do it where it’s sensible.” JAMES RYAN, KSNT ### WE REACHED OUT TO RESER’S FOR COMMENT ON THIS STORY. WHILE THE COMPANY WOULD NOT COMMENT – THEY DID SAY THEY WILL BE PRESENTING FURTHER PROJECT DETAILS AT THE TOPEKA PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ON MONDAY.###