Construction of the Lakecrest Town Center on U.S. 250 where the new ALDI and new Menards store opened earlier this year generated a lot of excitement.
It was one of just a few new development projects to come down the pike in recent years.
But while construction of the plaza was on schedule, the grand opening of the Menards store in April almost didn't happen because the developer had not met state requirements to install a signal at the plaza's entrance.
The lack of a traffic device there continues to cause great concern for motorists and for nearby residents, who say there's a fatality waiting to happen because of the twisting traffic at the plaza.
Road resurfacing projects and detours at Columbus and Strub roads also are adding to the traffic nightmare, and the summer traffic season has just started.
What went wrong and whether it will be fixed anytime soon is still not clear, but the developer of the plaza has fallen short of expectations. He also has a history of problems that local officials never knew about, raising more concerns.