Walmart nixed from plans for new Athens complex

11:03 AM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A new proposal, without a Walmart or a grocery store, was unveiled this week by Atlanta-based Selig Enterprises for the 9-acre Armstrong & Dobbs tract east of downtown Athens, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

The project is expected to cost about $80 million and would open in late 2015, Selig Enterprises Senior Vice President Jo Ann Chitty told the Athens paper.

The new plan calls for about 125,000 square feet of retail space, with 35,000 square feet for an anchor tenant, and about 250 housing units with about 600 bedrooms, the paper said.

The original plan for the project was panned by some Athens residents when it was introduced a year ago, after they heard Selig Enterprises was talking with Walmart about being the anchor tenant.

Chitty said the past several months were spent redesigning the proposed development.

The newest plan, she said, is based on community feedback.

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