Gatanio said the location for the planned development has long been “horrendous” and “nothing but a problem.” He added, however, that he was speaking only for himself because his association, which is north of Sunrise Boulevard, has yet to take an official position.
Progresso Village President Bradley Cohen supports the project.
Cohen said that during his association’s first meeting with developer Gatlin in January, several members expressed concerns about aspects of the development, including traffic patterns, parking and landscaping. He said their concerns were satisfactorily addressed during the association’s second meeting with Gatlin in February.
Mayor Seiler, who said he was first approached by developers last year, told BrowardBulldog.org that neighbors have also expressed concerns about proper lighting and security cameras.
Gatlin has told the Progresso Village Association that he wants to get the project moving “as soon as possible,” according to Hankerson.
Walmart’s website says Neighborhood Markets have about 95 employees and are approximately one-quarter the size of a Supercenter. In addition to groceries, they have a pharmacy and sell other kinds of merchandise.
Through the end of January, Walmart counted 4,625 stores in the United States, including 267 Neighborhood Markets.
Last year, Walmart purchased a 13-acre lot located on the southeast corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Northeast 6th Avenue in Oakland Park. The site is currently a Kmart.
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