Downtown Walmart Voted Down

Published 07/16 2014 04:19AM

Updated 07/16 2014 09:37AM

GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WFRV) In a vote of 6 to 5 Tuesday night, the Green Bay City Council denied Walmart's request to build a supercenter in downtown.

The vote was taken just after midnight and ultimately the Green Bay City Council voted again to reject Walmart’s proposal to build a 154,000 square foot supercenter on the Larsen Green property in the Broadway District.

By a vote of 6-5, the council rejected the big-box retailers request to rezone the property, which would have allowed the project to move forward.

While Walmart officials were disappointed in the decision, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt said it was the right call.

“I think the best decision, long term for Green Bay was made tonight,” said Mayor Schmitt. ”To continue and try to preserve those buildings and come up with a mixed-use development that will support and strengthen the downtown district.”

‘We had several months of compromise and discussion and feedback  - and the proposal we’ve submitted to the city, which was reviewed,  is the one that incorporates all that feedback from stakeholders and the community – mixed use, density, historic preservation, acknowledgment of the historic buildings in downtown Green Bay,” said Walmart spokesperson, Delia Garcia.

When asked if they would be looking at another proposal for the Larsen Green property, Garcia said they will continue to look for opportunities to serve their Green Bay customers.

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