Detroit suburb rejects plans for Wal-Mart store

Officials in a Detroit suburb have rejected plans for a Wal-Mart store on a busy corridor.
AP Wire
Jan 30, 2013


The Southfield City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday against the retail giant's proposal after a six-hour meeting.

About 70 people attended the meeting. Many were opposed to the new store on Southfield Road at the site of a former church and school.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had requested that the 9-acre site be rezoned to allow the construction of the store.

Residents said they were concerned about excessive traffic in the area. Wal-Mart officials said they planned new traffic signals and other measures to ease congestion.

One supporter said redevelopment is important for the city's tax base.



Good decision. It will keep a lot of local businesses open and viable for years to come.


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