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Walmart's attempt to build fifth Neighborhood Market in Springfield hits roadblock

Proposal could go to city council

December 09, 2012|Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News | areynolds@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, -- Walmart hits a roadblock when it comes to building its fifth Neighborhood Market in Springfield. Walmart representatives could bring the proposal to city council in a few weeks.

Planning and Zoning did not approve the plan 4-3 at its last meeting. The biggest concern is traffic. The proposal is a Neighborhood Market on Grand Street between Grant Avenue and Campbell Avenue. Crews would tear down Calvary Temple.

Those in support say it's time to replace the dilapidated building.

"It's definitely a sore to the eye. It's time to move on. There are bad and good points about it but something has to be done before too long. I think it can be done.  We are just going to have to see what they come up with," said Doug Smart, with Smart Buy Tire.

Those opposed are worried about the big company in their backyard. 

"I sort of characterized the development proposal as not instead of a Walmart Neighborhood Market, but as a Walmart neighborhood traffic jam. It's not about need. It's about market domination.  The heck with quality of life in a neighborhood," said Mike Schilling.

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No word on Walmart's immediate plans. A representative has not responded to KY3's request for comment. Walmart could address the matter at a city council meeting in January.

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