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Edmond planners don't recommend permit for Walmart market

Edmond planning commissioners failed to recommend a specific use permit to build a Walmart Neighborhood Market in northwest Edmond. City council members will make a final decision Monday.
by Diana Baldwin Published: December 4, 2012
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/articleid/3734704/1/pictures/1900172">Photo - Mark Ferguson speaks to the Edmond Planning Commission about a proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store on the vacant northwest corner of Coffee Creek Road and Kelly Avenue in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The planning commission rejected the plans for a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store in Edmond.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mark Ferguson speaks to the Edmond Planning Commission about a proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store on the vacant northwest corner of Coffee Creek Road and Kelly Avenue in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The planning commission rejected the plans for a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store in Edmond. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“This site is too small and too close to the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Marc Ferguson, 4212 Wild Plum.

Blaine Nice, attorney for Wal-Mart, told the planning commissioners they had tried to answer the concerns of the neighbors.

“We believe everything is to code,” Nice said.

Planning commissioners said they have received a number of emails and telephone calls against the development.

A number of the opponents said they moved to that part of Edmond to get away from commercial developments.

“I don't want this in my backyard,” said Gary Jackson, 4116 Wild Plum Lane. “You can put lipstick on a pig. This pig is eating up the neighborhood.”

Sally Morgan, 2116 Woodhill Road, said, “Please preserve our quality of life.”

Chairman Barry Moore thanked the property owners for their conduct in the council chambers.

“I know this has been emotional and trying for the folks who live there,” said Moore, who called the property inappropriate for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market or any grocery store.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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