Neighbors Speak Out Against Proposed Vanderburgh County Wal-Mart

Published 07/17 2014 10:16PM

Updated 07/17 2014 10:20PM

"We are going from country to city, like that. It's saddening."

Emotions fill the room during tonight's Evansville Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing.

Neighbors who live near a proposed Wal-Mart in Vanderburgh county, are not rolling out the welcome mat.

"I will live right across from the new Wal-Mart. When I go to bed, I will hear 'attention Wal-Mart shoppers.' If they put fast food restaurants in there, I will hear, 'would you like to super-size that?'

Wal-Mart hopes to build a brand new Supercenter at the intersection of east Boonville New Harmony road and Highway 57, but not if neighbors have anything to say about it.

"Its Wal-Mart. There's no need for Wal-Mart in that cornfield. We live out there for a reason. We don't want them out there. If we want to go to Wal-Mart, we will drive to town," says a neighbor.

After listening to hours of public feedback, the Evansville Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals votes unanimously to hold off on any decisions to move the project forward until their next meeting.

"Its our hope that we can have something in writing that will sort of bring together all of the concerns that everybody has, so that next month we can get this resolved," says Board Member Mike Rudolph.

Tonight Wal-Mart representatives asked the board to approve their three variances: to reduce the number of parking spaces, approve their four Wal-Mart display signs, and to reduce the green space in the parking lot.

"These are the issues that this board will address tonight," says Mike Rudolph.

Many did not want to stick to just three talking points. Many say they are speaking out to defend their livelihood. Some speak directly to the Wal-Mart representatives.

"I'm really sorry, but it's Boonville New Harmony road. You don't even know, he didn't even say the road right."

Faith Georges says she is glad the board wants to take more time to review the project. She hopes to see Wal-Mart's plan in writing.

"Make them put it in writing, don't say they can trade this tree for that tree," says Georges.

The next meeting for the board will be August 21st. That is when they hope to have a decision.

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