Urbanists and elected city leaders have salivated at the idea of a downtown Kroger for years — the city’s last one, a Kroger on Race Street, closed in 1969 — and now, with the building rising at the corner of Central Parkway and Walnut Street, it’s close to reality. The Cincinnati-based grocer announced it will partner with the city to build a 45,000-square-foot, two-story downtown Kroger location as part of a mixed-used development. That development will also include an 18-story, 139-unit market rate apartment tower and a 560-space parking garage. Kroger says the store is meant to serve customers living in downtown, Over-the-Rhine, the West End and other nearby neighborhoods and will feature a bar, food court and other novel amenities. Kroger, Central Parkway and Walnut Streets, Downtown, kroger.com.