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Walmart in Caledonia, A Top Story of 2012

When the big box retailer's first proposal was a flop with residents, it came back with a retooled plan that appears to have more support—though opposition is still strong.

Correction: The word "not" was inadvertently omitted from the final sentence in this article. The pre-development agreement village officials have entered into does not guarantee final approval of the projct.

When Walmart first said it wanted to come to Caledonia, with a proposed store on Highway 31 and 4 Mile Road, people said no—loudly. So the retailer came back with a new plan, this time on a site that was already designated for future commercial development. 

The new plan is to build a Walmart store on the southeast corner of 4 Mile and North Green Bay roads. Opposition to the store is still strong, but there are also those who support this plan. Some of the residents opposed to the plan have decided to pressure board members to vote against Walmart.

Walmart has officially submitted plans for a store to be built on 22 acres at the corner of N. Green Bay and 4 Mile roads. It is asking the village rezone the land from light industrial and office/urban residential to commercial. This is consistent with the village land use plan, which means there are fewer hurdles for the company to clear for approval. 

The village has entered into a pre-development agreement with Walmart, a required step allowing the planning process to move ahead. The agreement does not guarantee the board will approve the project.

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KEEP ON KEEPING ON December 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM
This is IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM CONSISTENT WITH THE LAND USE PLAN. I suggest it be actually looked at. The plan for this lot as part of the C1/C2 Douglas corridor and "Village Center" was to be a transit-oriented development. The HIGHEST concentration of commercial development was to be along the Douglas corridor, transitioning to condo/density residential to blend into existing neighborhoods. And this was NOT to be a big-box type of retail. It was to be a village center, consisting of small retail shops, possibly housing over it, open spaces, pedestrian walkways, outdoor areas (see figures 7-2, 7-3, 7-4 of the C1/C2 subarea. Figure 7-13 shows the actual lot and the plan for the area. UWM Graduates from the School of Urban Planning did an 89 page report on the best market development for this area along with a community focus group input. 9,000 households were surveyed as part of the Land Use Plan creation. All 3 conclude big box is not recommended nor wanted. Appendix K of the LUP shows a 2020 outdoor rec plan for the lot as residential. The County level Comprehensive Plan shows residential. The proposed re-zoning will stand in DIRECT CONFLICT to the current plan. The assertion made in the article to the contrary is FALSE.
Michelle Laycock December 27, 2012 at 05:12 AM
I certainly will!
Tansandy December 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM
BUILD IT, I WILL COME!!!!!!
Scott December 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Walmart needs to come up with some cash and purchase land on Douglas. Otherwise I say no.
No walmart December 27, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Let me guess tansandy, you live in an apartment near by and are looking for convenience. Well, let me enlighten you to the reality that homeowners in the area are facing. The assessment on my house went from $213,000 in 2011 to $182,700 for 2012. Taxes for my property went up $61 to $3,833.13 for 2012. Now think about it, will a walmart help or hinder property values?? Do your research walmart WILL NOT improve our area or our tax base. History has shown it will do the opposite. Wake up caledonia residents, if this is allowed to happen it will only be the beginning.
melissa Warner December 29, 2012 at 07:36 PM
zoning is a promise to residents and future residents for what they can expect from the community where they make their (usually) largest investment. If the Village Board breaks this promise, what zoning promise will be considered next?

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