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.

Comments

michiglen

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

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