GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) In downtown Green Bay Wednesday night, a meeting was held by Walmart to let the public see its revised plans. Supporters say the retailer has made significant changes to its proposal for a downtown store. Yet some in the Broadway District were not impressed.
It was the second neighborhood meeting hosted by Walmart: another step in this process to determine if the retailer will be allowed to build in the Broadway District.
Inside the Neville Public Museum those for and against a proposed Walmart got a chance to see the company's final designs in person.
"There are a lot of positives," said one man viewing the designs.
"A big box is not a good fit downtown," said another Green Bay resident.
They incorporated changes suggested by the public and the city over the last few months.
"We've taken a rectangular store and made it more boxed, so it's squarer in shape," said Lisa Nelson, a Walmart spokesperson. "So for the customer, pedestrian and for the folks coming over the bridge (Main Street) it breaks up that big expansive store and makes it more compact."
At this second neighborhood meeting - Walmart officials showed the plans to be discussed next Monday before the City Plan Commission for the construction of a 150,000-square-foot supercenter on the Larson Green property.
Rhonda Sitnakau, a vocal opponent and Broadway business owner - was not impressed.
"This is a complete formality," said Sitnikau. "This is a supercenter - the city wants something smaller that fits into downtown and Broadway District."
The proposal has brought strong opposition from some business owners and Mayor Jim Schmitt.
And while Sitnakau says it is simply too big for the district, Elliot Christenson says Walmart is making an effort to fit in. As seen by changes made to the building facade, the layout of the parking lot and improved pedestrian access.
"There are a lot of positives, even if people are against the architecture, layout or corporate policies," said Christenson. "I feel they're being a good as anyone else would be in the same situation."