Sprawl-Busters Newsflash Blog - Anti-Sprawl news since 1998.
Subscribe to Sprawl-Busters Blog Follow Sprawl Busters on Twitter
Occupy Walmart & Order Al's Books Movies Newsflash! The Case Against Sprawl Home Towns Not Home Depot Victories Your Battles About Us Contact Us  

recent news

List articles
by the month:

2018
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2017
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2016
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2015
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2014
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2013
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2012
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2011
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2010
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2009
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2008
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2007
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2006
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2005
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2004
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2003
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2002
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2001
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2000
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

1999
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

1998
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC


Search database by text:

2002-12-03
Westerville, OH. Wal-Mart Supercenter Goes Down in Defeat After 3 Year Battle

Sprawl-Busters in Westerville, Ohio report that the proposed Wal-Mart in their community has finally been defeated after at least a three year battle. The formal termination of the case in the Ohio Supreme Court is expected within days. Wal-Mart withdrew on their own. The controversy was over a development plan for 30 acres of land submitted by Richard J. Solove and Jack Chester. The partners had hoped to build a 212,000 s.f. Wal-Mart supercenter, but they have now filed a revised plan that calls for a smaller scale retail complex anchored by an 80,000 s..f Giant Eagle supermarket. The revised plan is part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the developer which sought to require the city to approve the Wal-Mart plan. In early November, the Westerville City Council agreed to settle the lawsuit on the promise of a less-intensive use of the land. "The old plan was too dense," the City Manager told Business First magazine. "This (new) plan is about 30 percent or better less dense." The city appropriately said the issue was not the particular logo involved, but the scale of the project. "It's never been about Wal-Mart. It was about density," the City Manager said. In September 2001, the developer won an administrative appeal of the city's rejection of the Wal-Mart plan from Franklin County Common Pleas Court. But that decision was then reversed by the county Court of Appeals this year. Solove then appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, which agreed in October to consider the case. As the legal bills mounted, both sides looked for common ground, and in the end the developer scaled back his project, dropped the huge Wal-Mart supercenter, and reached an agreement with the city. There will be no Wal-Mart supercenter at State Street and Maxtown Road in Westerville, and many residents couldn't be happier.

What you can do: Thanks to Kevin Gainer for keeping us posted on the Westerville saga. For further information, contact Kevin Gainer at kgainer@columbus.rr.com. For the archive on Westerville stories, search this database by the name of the town.










 
 
"Norman has become the guru of the anti-Wal-Mart movement" ~ 60 Minutes

info@sprawl-busters.com
Strategic Planning ~ Field Operations
Voter Campaigns 
21 Grinnell St, Greenfield ~ MA 01301
(413) 772-6289