Planning and Zoning Commission Could Decide Fate of Second Walmart Location Town Tonight

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room, 494 Main St.

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. 

Bob Hetzel January 07, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Does Walmart's proposed site plan include a buffer for West Cemetery? How will the single entrance accomodate Walmart's big trucks, vendors' smaller trucks, private automobiles and bus riders, all at once? What are Walmart's plans for expansion? (With the purchase of just a few properties, they could open a second entrance directly opposite Hillstown Road.) How will Walmart fit a 150,000 square foot building in that site? But, "Residents won't be allowed to comment on the application since the Commission closed the public hearing in early December..." [Journal Inquirer, Jan. 5-6, 2013]
Greg January 07, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Bob, All good questions that Walmart should and can address as a condition of application approval.


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