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Walmart Makes Formal Requests For Planned Caledonia Superstore

Walmart has presented plans to build a superstore in Caledonia, which hundreds of residents oppose. The land eyed for the store—at 4 Mile and Green Bay roads—would need to be rezoned.

Walmart has formally requested to rezone land at the southeast corner of 4 Mile and North Green Bay roads, which is needed before the company can build a superstore there.

In September, Walmart announced to Caledonia residents and officials that it would like to build a 180,000-square-foot 24-hour general merchandise store at that location. Company officials say the store will create 300 jobs, most of which are expected to be full-time. Caledonia Patch will upload a copy of documents related to the request as soon as we get them.

In the packed boardroom Tuesday night, Walmart also requested the village board enter into a pre-development agreement with them, which the Board granted.

A pre-development agreement allows the village to charge potential developers for review time of their planning documents. Several other developments – Siena Center, Unico, and Parkview Gardens – also had pre-development agreements. However, the required agreement doesn’t mean the village board will approve the project.

Four board members—Kathy Trentadue, Kevin Wanggaard, Ron Coutts, and Jim Dobbs—voted to approve the request. Tom Weatherston and Kathy Burton were absent, and Lee Wishau abstained from voting because he works for Roundy's, which operates Pick'n Save and is a competitor of Walmart.

We'll have a more complete report later tonight.

Tansandy December 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
patchreader 123 I'm glad that you do not dispute any of the things I wrote about. Your only objection me personally. You have no clue as to the amount of time it takes (that was after working 12-13 hr days) and not seeing you children while they are awake. But that's okay, just rip on my character. So I can see what side of the fence you are coming from, when you can only attack some persons character. Of course that is what happens when you run out of any new thoughts. Have a nice day.
KEEP ON KEEPING ON December 06, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Wait....Transandy, did you read what you wrote?? You spent an entire paragraph attacking the character of several people. You called them "head bobbers" for God's sake. You basically took the fence and bashed them with it. And then you turn and say "How dare you?" to someone who may question yours? Okay, so the Land Use Plan needs to be updated and revised. The KRM is not happening. Who does that?? The community or Walmart?? In your eyes, does any of that Plan have meaning and merit? The survey, the subareas, the architectural/open space requirements?? Or did you walk away and say screw it and everyone involved?? One thing is for certain: Walmart does not give a crap about this community. We as residents may disagree on the Plan, how to grow, but WE should be the ones deciding and WE should have a voice with our Board If you read the WM proposal, they did not listen at all to our community concerns.
patchreader 123 December 06, 2012 at 10:32 PM
@ Tansandy: Are you kidding me? You've been insulting other commenters and the Village Board for weeks. Here's "Tansandy's Greatest Hits" against the Board: "Barney, Gomer, Goober and the rest of the board don't have the ..... to stand up to anybody!!" "You see, to be on the Caledonia Village board, you have to go in and get you spine removed." "And yes, the way her and the head bobbers on the board reacted, you would have thought the commuter rail line was already in place." Feel compelled to insult me or other commenters? Fine. Just leave the Board out of it. The Board is under immense pressure in trying to balance a budget, ensure the provision of Village services, and in satisfying the sometimes conflicting needs and concerns of its constituents. While I may not agree with all of the Board's decisions, I will NEVER insult them as you do. Grow up.
patchreader 123 December 06, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Here's another one of "Tansandy's Greatest Hits," made just this morning. “Aunt Bea, Goober, and Barney from Caledonia decided that they would save a ton of money (yeah right) and do the consulting of the project on their own.” Unbelievable.
Susan Spring January 23, 2013 at 01:53 PM
This really looks like spot zoning, and a decision that does not mesh with the infrastructure with 2 lane roads on Four Mile Rd and Green Bay Rd. The village will pick up a considerable tab for police services, and the residents on both of these roads will pick up a considerable tab for road costs to support this development. Walmart will change the area. What happens when Wal-Mart closes the store. Will the town have to pay to delomolish it....likely so. There are important considerations here that go beyond the NIMBY argument.

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