Wal-Mart public hearing scheduled for Monday

A proposed Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive is the topic of a major public hearing Monday evening.

Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners will consider a preliminary development plan for a 99,840-square-foot Wal-Mart store with a 6,147-square-foot garden center on the northwest corner of the intersection. The plan also includes four additional buildings of unidentified retail space that will add another 21,500 square feet.

The project has been controversial, as neighbors have said the site isn’t suited to handle the traffic a Wal-Mart store will create. The site has been the subject of a lawsuit after a previous City Commission denied plans for the project. But current city commissioners sought to put the lawsuit on hold, and said they were interested in reviewing the project.

The Planning Commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.