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Anti-Walmart Group To Knock on Doors

Good Growth DeKalb launching an outreach campaign this Saturday.

, the citizens group that opposes construction of a Walmart at Suburban Plaza, is taking it to the streets again.

A few weeks , members of the group will knock on residential doors Saturday, March 31, to seek support for their cause.

An email from the group said members will meet at 9 a.m. at North Decatur Presbyterian Church and go out in teams to assigned neighborhoods until noon.

They'll ask residents to sign a paper petition and engage in dialogue, the email said. Group members will do the same on other Saturdays in April.

Good Growth DeKalb also has an online petition

The group fears the Walmart would bring , an aging shopping center just outside the Decatur city limits.

Selig Enterprises wants to renovate the entire shopping center with Walmart as the anchor store. Good Growth DeKalb to investigate whether a lawsuit could stop the project.

Victoria Webb March 30, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Ralph, thank you for posting. According to Dekalb county's interim planning & sustainability director, Gary Cornell, who recently spoke to GGD, Selig has not yet requested all their permits to proceed. The only one we know for sure that has been approved is the parking exception. There is the issue of asbestos in the older buildings that will have to be monitored by county code officers, according to Federal EPA guidelines. And the demolition will have to proceed very carefully if each piece of the buildings is taken out one by one, as is the case for much of 1960's era construction. The Decatur library off Church St. was closed for over a year during its asbestos abatement, if anyone recalls that renovation. GGD is concerned about that issue, as far too many developers and contractors violate EPA guidelines during demolition.
Steve March 30, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The parking exception was not a permit, it was a zoning variance. Permits happen when there are construction plans to be approved, and, no, there have been none because Selig previously said it would be at least April if not May before any plans were ready.
Victoria Webb April 01, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Yes, we knew that Steve. I meant to say that the variance exception is the only approval from the county so far.
marcus maybell April 02, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Marcas maybell could you call me at 662-537-6498

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