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Good Growth DeKalb: Suburban Plaza Walmart Lawsuit Imminent

The group also plans to protest in front of the forthcoming development Friday.

Good Growth DeKalb, the North Decatur group fighting the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza, told residents Sunday a lawsuit to stop the international retailer is imminent after the shopping center's owners were granted a permit last week to begin construction.

"DeKalb County finally granted Selig Enterprises their first permit (for land disturbance) this past week," the group wrote in an email to supporters. "This means that we have 30 days to take legal action."

The group has said for months on its website that its lawyers, hired in February, have identified an issue in the development plans to challenge legally. They have not clarified that publicly, however, saying only on their site: "In the face of the county’s antiquated zoning laws, which date from the 1950s and give free range to developers, this is a huge piece of news."

The group plans to protest the construction again in front of the shopping center at the intersection of Scott Boulevard, North Decatur Road and Medlock Road from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, according to the email.

The Walmart Supercenter is part of a larger renovation of the aging Suburban Plaza. Selig Enterprises, the shopping center's owners, have said the Walmart is critical to luring strong brands to revitalize the plaza.

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Katie December 07, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Katie - Yay! Deanne. We are going to donate to GGD too. I'm not sure why the other Deanne is so against GGD, but I've been following this story for awhile and I just find it VERY odd the visceral things that she is putting out. It just doesn't make sense. I've talked with GGD and the one thing that stands out above Walmart and Selig is that i find the people with GGD to have a passion for keeping our area great. It is their driving force, pure and simple. We need more groups like this that care about thier community whether they win or not.
Katie December 07, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Are you kidding me??? Have you seen the homes right behind Suburban Plaza? The houses that line that wall start at 400K and go up.
Katie December 07, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Here here! Walmart always brings more crime to a neighborhood. Google "walmart crime rates" and you will be chilled by the results. They are great at shoplifters in the store, but TERRIBLE for outside the store and bringing crime to a neighborhood.
Robert December 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
In April 2011, the following was Walmart's, and The Gap's, position on improving safety standards at their garment factories. One hundred and twelve workers were killed in one of these Bangladeshi factories in November. Low prices have a high cost, MikeS. Sridevi Kalavakolanu, a Wal-Mart director of ethical sourcing, told attendees the company wouldn’t share the cost, according to Ineke Zeldenrust, international coordinator for the Clean Clothes Campaign, who attended the gathering. Kalavakolanu and her counterpart at Gap reiterated their position in a report folded into the meeting minutes, obtained by Bloomberg News. “Specifically to the issue of any corrections on electrical and fire safety, we are talking about 4,500 factories, and in most cases very extensive and costly modifications would need to be undertaken to some factories,” they said in the document. “It is not financially feasible for the brands to make such investments” ("Wal-Mart Nixed Paying Bangladesh Suppliers to Fight Fire," Bloomberg News, December 5, 2012).
Tom Doolittle December 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Is "Good Growth Dekalb" following this story abput WalMart being axed in Athens? http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-12-12/developer-nixes-walmart-continues-downtown-athens-project It'd be interesting for some student to do an econ dev research project (demographic data, taxes, business revenue) on why Athens would respond to public pressure and DeKalb wouldn't--then make an assessment as to whether City of Decatur would be similar to Athens.

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