The Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to decide the fate of Walmart's application to open a second location on Spencer Street in town when it meets tonight.
The commission has been reviewing the large chain retailer's appellation for months now, but formally closed the public hearing on the matter at its meeting on Dec. 3, 2012, meaning that the commission now has to take a vote not on the proposal, which has proven unpopular with many local residents and businesses.
If approved, Walmart's new store would be built on the site of the former Kmart on Spencer Street near the East Hartford townline. The former Kmart building had been vacant for years before the current owner, Gateway Lauren Inc., demolished it earlier this year. Walmart has an agreement to purchase the 20.8 acre property from Gateway Lauren Inc. and construct a new 158,430 square foot building on the property.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room, 494 Main St. The agenda is attached as a PDF to this article.