Heights residents concerned over Wal-Mart plans

July 26, 2010 8:30:26 PM PDT
Dozens of Heights residents met Monday night to figure out how they will deal with a new Wal-Mart in their neighborhood. Residents think the store will go up at Yale and Kohler, just off I-10. Homeowners met to discuss their options and how to move forward. They argue that a Wal-Mart supercenter could bring 10,000 cars a day and the Heights does not have the infrastructure to handle that load of traffic.

"I have nothing against Wal-Mart in general," said Heights resident Lindsey O'Neal. "It's the fact that in this particular case it is not a good fit for this neighborhood. It would be put on a residential road less than 50 feet from single family homes."

Sharon Hattenbach owns an antique store that sits next to the proposed site. She told Eyewitness News traffic from the store isn't her main concern.

She said, "I grew up here, I haven't left here and I love it here. I just hate to see the really big city move in on us."

A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company is looking at the site, but does not have anything more specific to share at this time.


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