DC Residents Continue to Block Walmart Construction
Posted on September 5, 2012 by jway
In the ongoing fight to keep Walmart out of Washington, D.C. until the company agrees to sign a community benefits agreement, community members may be causing yet another delay in the company’s construction plans.
This week, community members filed an appeal with the Board of Zoning Adjustments in regard to the proposed Supercenter at 5929 Georgia Avenue. The store is currently set to break ground next month. The appellants argue that a permit for the store should never have been granted, as it violates “sections and elements of the Comprehensive Plan,” meaning the construction would be detrimental to surrounding streets and to the economic development of the area.
Walmart argues that the new supercenter at the Georgia Avenue location would bring a grocery store to a food desert. Appellants say that simply is not the case. The area is already well-served by supermarkets. Additionally, community members argue that Walmart would only hurt existing businesses in the area and make pedestrian-friendly transportation much more difficult.
In short, regardless of the outcome, the delay imposed by this appeal will seriously threaten Walmart’s ability to complete the project on its original timeline.
This post was written by Mia Perry.