I had a brief phone conversation with Bill Stogner, senior vice president of Selig Enterprises, on Tuesday afternoon. Solidified plans for the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza, including a contentious Walmart Supercenter, won't be ready until the spring, he said – April or May, most likely.
So, not much new on that front. I asked him about Good Growth DeKalb, the local group of residents fighting the construction of the Walmart. They've against Selig and the international retailer.
When asked about the group, Stogner essentially had no comment.
"They need to do what they need to do," he said.
Stogner said he receives emails supporting the redevelopment, including Walmart, daily. Just from commenting on stories I've noticed several subgroups of supporters: those who like Walmart and the redevelopment, those who don't like Walmart but appreciate that the store will attract other retailers and, finally, those who don't really like either but think Selig has a right to lawfully build anything they want in their space. (DeKalb County has already given the developer the a-OK to build as it were.)
"What's going to be there is a lot better than what's there now," Stogner said.
So, that said, I'm interested in talking directly with people who support the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza. It would be for a story. If you're interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, and I'll probably be in touch.