Proposed SF Walmart Inching Closer
April 03, 2013 10:11 PM
Approval of the land at 85th and south Minnesota Avenue for a proposed Walmart in Sioux Falls is inching closer to reality.
On Wednesday night, members of the city planning commission voted four-to-two, to move forward with a recommendation to the city council to rezone the land for commercial use.
Concerned citizens packed Carnegie Town Hall to weigh in on the issue and members of the planning commission also voiced their opinions.
"I'm just a little uncomfortable in voting to recommend to the council that this be approved," said Denny Pierson.
"I don't know what else it can be, other than some significant commercial or commercial designation," said Jessie Schmidt.
The City Council will review the planning commission’s recommendation on April 16th.
Many residents near the proposed Walmart location on 85th street and south Minnesota Avenue attended the planning commission meeting, where they expressed some strong opinions.
Some said bring on a Walmart, where others don't want one near their residential neighborhood.
Either way, this debate will continue on for at least another month before a decision is made.
"There's a really strong sense of community here. People come out here and they meet on the front lawns," said Misekow.
Rand Misekow lives in a neighborhood near 85th street and south Minnesota Ave., with his wife, two kids and another on the way.
Misekow said there's a lot of concern associated with a Walmart so close to home.
"Not necessarily a Walmart, but its large big boxed retail stores right up against a small quiet neighborhood," said Misekow.
"I ride my bike on 85th to go to my Grandmas and that's a busy street and it's not going to be much fun with all the cars," said Lauren Gusso, a 12-year-old resident.
"It's going to be really busy and you'll have to be more careful of crossing the street," said Megan Gusso, a 10-year-old resident.
These sisters said the proposed Walmart is a hot topic at school, a discussion they bring home and talk about with their Grandma, Jane Sorensen.
"I do love Walmart, I just think it belongs in more of the Louise location, then in the middle of family homes," said Sorensen.
For these neighbors, they hope city leaders explore all sides of the debate before making a concrete decision that would impact hundreds.
"Hopefully the city council, the mayor, the people involved in making this decision really look at the heart, the integrity of why people live here," said Misekow.
Another interesting tad bit from residents in the area, they said there are 426 students at the elementary school near 85th and Minnesota and only one bus is used to transport these kids, meaning the majority of students walk or ride their bikes to school, which is raising major traffic concerns for parents.
A traffic study for the area is taking place now and will be ready for the city council to review when they start looking at rezoning the land.