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City Hall receives new Wal-Mart plans

Staff members with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department began reviewing the new plans for the controversial project today

June 6, 2007

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The plans are now in for a new Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

Staff members with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department began reviewing the new plans for the controversial project today.

The project is scheduled to be heard by Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commissioners either at their July 23 or July 25 meeting. A date will be set later this month. After being heard by Planning Commissioners, the plans will have to be considered by the Lawrence City Commission.

The plan proposes a 99,840 square foot Wal-Mart store on the northwest corner of the intersection of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. It also calls for four other buildings ranging in size from 7,400 to 1,800 square feet. Those details of the plan are fairly consistent with a previous plan that was submitted to the city by Wal-Mart last year.

The new plan, however, makes changes to landscaping, stormwater drainage, and other technical issues. The amount of native materials used on the outside of the Wal-Mart store also has been increased.

For more on the plans, see 6News at 5:30 p.m. tonight, and tomorrow's Journal-World.

Comments

Centrist 7 years, 10 months ago

Slow news day?

Anyway, a Walmart should have been counter-proposed for the east or north sides of town where it would be welcomed with open arms, but I don't suppose anyone thought of that, did they ...

justthefacts 7 years, 10 months ago

What I personally would love to see (and would promise to support a lot) would be a WAFFLE HOUSE (or "Red Lobster") in any place in town - Tangiers or otherwise!

Emily Hadley 7 years, 10 months ago

What is wrong with them? This must be like the old McDonald's strategy of buying or leasing land ten years before surrounding developments are dense enough to build on, so that as soon as the cul-de-sacs pop up, so do they.

That or maybe they plan to scrap the newly-expanded and redesigned Wal-Mart so that 33rd and Iowa becomes the next dollar theater, payday loan, and telemarketing office... following in the illustrious footsteps of Tanger, 19th and Haskell, 9th and Iowa, Riverfront, 23rd and Iowa, and the strip mall by Applebee's.

Our tiny cluster of business livelihood just seems to migrate around town like a small mutating virus. We'll see how long downtown can stave it off.

peppermint 7 years, 10 months ago

As usual, the biased Journal-World and this biased reporter fails to bother to tell the public what the zoning currently is for this corner.

The zoning limits the largest building to something much smaller than this proposed Walmart.

lawrence623 7 years, 10 months ago

I still think it is great that Lawrence was so concerned about there being a SuperCenter on the West side of town for so many years that they let the one on the south side go up without a fight. Now, you lucky people, you get TWO SuperCenters when you didn't even want one.

They wouldn't be builiding it/them if there wasn't a market. Keep that in mind.

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