Monday, January 7, 2013
Walmart acknowledges differences between village and county planning documents, and an anti-Walmart group says the 182,000-square-foot store doesn't belong on a property meant for smaller retail establishments.
Walmart submitted plans in November for a proposed 182,000-square-foot store that would take up 22 acres on the corner of North Green Bay and 4 Mile roads, but there’s an issue. Racine County’s comprehensive planning document is inconsistent with the Village’s land use plan. Walmart wants the village to remedy the problem, but a group opposed to Walmart’s building location has repeatedly said it doesn't believe the location is consistent with the land use plan. Walmart wants Caledonia to rezone the two parcels from light industrial and office/urban residential to commercial, which is consistent with the village's land use plan because the area is designated as a village center. But the county’s comprehensive planning document only reflects…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Now that Walmart has officially asked to rezone the 22-acre parcel of property on North Green Bay and Four Mile Road, here's what they'd like to see.
Walmart has officially submitted plans for a proposed store that would take up 22 acres on the corner of North Green Bay and 4 Mile Road. The company delivered their package to Caledonia on Nov. 21. The big box retailer is requesting to rezone the two parcels from light industrial and office/urban residential to commercial. Doing so is consistent with the village's land use plan because the area is designated as a village center, which allows for commercial uses. According to the rezoning request: In addition, the Caledonia Plan states that the Village Center should be planned as the primary commerical and mixed-use village center for the Village's east side. The plan states that this area should have the highest level of development …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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 …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Walmart wants to enter into a pre-development agreement with the Village so that they can move forward with presenting planning documents to the village.
Walmart will be requesting that the village board enter into a pre-development agreement with them at a meeting on Tuesday. 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. Village trustee Kevin Wanggaard said he hasn’t seen the document in writing yet. “But this is what I imagine it would deal with,” Wanggaard said. “We have developers do a pre-development agreement where they have to put up so much money for expenses so that it covers our attorney and engineering review…
Friday, November 30, 2012
Here are links to a number of economic studies done over the years on Walmart.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
This isn't Walmart's first kick at the Caledonia can when it comes to pitching potential projects. But well before Walmart, the Village Board commissioned studies to look at what kinds of development would do well here.
Walmart presented plans to hundreds of residents at North Park Elementary School in October, outlining the 24-hour, 180,000-square-foot store it wants to build on 22 acres near the intersection of 4 Mile Road and North Green Bay Road. We're following the Walmart story line closely. Here is our coverage on the topic since they announced their concept plan in September and a few stories we thought might be helpful to understand the development process. Walmart Opposition Group To Focus On Pressuring Board Protesters Head To Walmarts To Support Employees Trying To Unionize Village Tells Walmart More Work Needed Walmart Unveils Store Plans, Village Board Voices Concerns Walmart Or No Walmart: Here's What People Are Saying Walmart Plan Angers …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Vowing to petition, pressure the board, and even front their own candidates -- local residents adamant about blocking Walmart from building a 24-hour store on the corner of Four Mile and North Green Bay road.
Walmart isn’t wanted in Caledonia by a number of residents in the Village and they met Tuesday to organize opposition to a store that has yet to be formally proposed. About 50 people attended the anti-Walmart meeting on Tuesday at the Roundabout Bar and Grill where they discussed everything from circulating petitions, writing letters to elected officials and even fronting candidates for village board positions. The retailer has only presented a concept plan and has not submitted formal plans to the village board. Meanwhile, the anti-Walmart group has gathered research on everything from how many stores Walmart has abandoned to local market studies. In September, Walmart announced that it would like to build a 24-hour general merchandise …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Area residents against a proposed Walmart are organizing and plan to hold an informational meeting.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
What are the proposing? What did neighbors have to say about the possibility of a new store? And what questions did the Village Board have about the new project? It's all here in one place.