Walmart rednering of downtown Green Bay store proposal
GREEN BAY - Store plans discount retailer Walmart filed with the city are providing some clues as to what the company wants to offer in a proposed downtown store.The documents and renderings for the 154,000 square foot, one-story store were submitted to the city's planning department Monday.Some of the submitted renderings of the project are the same that were shown at a public open house last week. Those showed slight changes to the front facade of the building. The submitted renderings FOX 11 looked at found some changes to the proposed building's west side - along Broadway - that include floor to roof windows.Walmart is not commenting on the plan submission process. However, an operational plan submitted also submitted Monday is providing a closer look at what the Arkansas-based discount retailer wants to do.According to the plan, Walmart wants to operate the store 24 hours a day, creating up to 300 jobs - the majority being full-time.The most recent plans call for 88,000 square feet of general merchandise, 37,000 square feet for full-service grocery and liquor departments and 2,000 square feet for potential tenants like a bank, medical clinics or a restaurant.To do all that in its submitted form, Walmart needs the city to change the zoning of the property - known as Larsen Green - in the city's Broadway District."The plan shows some changes in the nuance of the building design," explained Kim Flom, the city's community development director. "But the overall site plan is very similar - and we knew that and Walmart is choosing to move forward. But at this point, it's still a planning staff recommendation of denial for the zoning change."Flom says that's because the plans still don't meet the city's requirements."We use the guiding documents of the comprehensive plan, the zoning plan and the authenticity plan to review this."Even if the city staff recommends denying the project, it is just that, a recommendation.Walmart has said in the past, it needs to keep the layout intact, because it wants to provide affordable goods to the downtown community. However, those plans have been met with opposition from community members, city leaders and city staff.The city's plan commission is expected to review the project and recommendation Monday.If the plan commission approves the project, it would move on to the city council.
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