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Planned Buckhead Walmart moves forward

9:55 AM, Sep 27, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council is one step closer to approving plans for a new Walmart in south Buckhead.

Wednesday morning, the city's zoning committee voted 6-1 to send the measure before the full council for a possible vote next Monday. District 6 councilman Alex Wan cast the dissenting vote. His district would be affected by the rezoning.

The Walmart would be built on 22 acres near the Lindbergh MARTA station, across the street from an existing Target, Home Depot and Best Buy. Some neighbors are strongly against the addition, saying it would cause further traffic congestion.

Less than two weeks ago, the council sent the plan back to committee, leading some opponents to believe they had won a reprieve.

But committee members made a few provisions slating the plan for a full council vote. The project now includes 100 units of low income senior housing. The council must also have a site plan before voting, or formalized layout for what the project would ultimately look like.

Councilman Howard Shook represents District 7, which would be affected by the rezoning. He said he opposes the plan, but voted to move it out of committee.

"This has been two years in the making," Shook told 11Alive Wednesday. "I think it's time for an up or down vote. There are people who want to see it pass, and people in my district who want to see it fail. I know even the applicant is ready for an up or down vote."

The city council will meet Monday at 1 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall.

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