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Good Growth DeKalb Loses Challenge to Block Walmart

The development is now clear to proceed unless the organization decides to continue its legal fight.


The DeKalb Zoning Board of Appeals has rejected an appeal by a local organization fighting the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza.

The board rejected the challenge by Good Growth DeKalb, the local organization fighting the project, during its Wednesday afternoon meeting.

The project is now cleared to move forward, unless Good Growth DeKalb decides to file additional lawsuits to block the project.

The group filed the appeal Jan. 9, which they said was a "necessary precursor to filing a lawsuit," according to a note from the group sent out to residents who signed an online petition over the summer protesting the Walmart.

Bill Wertz, spokesman for Walmart, said, “We are delighted to be partners with Selig Enterprises in this retail redevelopment, which we believe will be very positive for the community. Walmart is looking forward to adding 300 new jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenue to the county by being part of this project. We are also excited about offering the community another option for fresh, affordable food and other merchandise.”

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Sally February 18, 2013 at 01:12 PM
I remember when there was a Belk there. I never went there but I remember it being there. Of course WalMart is going to make Surburban Plaza a nicer place.
Count De Monet March 10, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Somebody tell GGD that WalMart is ruining the Dekalb School system. Put the misguided fervor to good use...
bulldogger March 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Hey Brett, let's try this A moat would be a great start as their guns would get wet if they tried to swim across. It could be stocked with fish and become a primary food source for those taxed into oblivion. Public hangings in front of the court house would help to calm things down a bit as well.
Brett March 11, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Hey Bulldogger, I like the way you think but let's keep the Walmart outside of the moat!
bulldogger March 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I'm so old that I remember "when there was not a Suburban Plaza" - I can remember when N. Decatur Road was DIRT. - I can remember when DeKalb Industrial Blvd. was part of my playground as a kid. I don't like seeing WM being there anymore than anyone else; however, if there's one thing we need in this country right now "it's jobs" and there's this other thing, but I'll save it for another topic.

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