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Midtown Walmart will move as planned, say city leaders

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The proposed Supercenter would replace the current location on Drake Ave. The proposed Supercenter would replace the current location on Drake Ave.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville city leaders and planners said there is not much they can do to prevent a controversial new Walmart Supercenter from being built near the Parkway Place Mall.

The store would be built just south of the mall, at Drake Avenue and L&N Drive.

The Midtown Huntsville Association called a neighborhood meeting to talk about the project Wednesday night. People in the nearby Piedmont neighborhood said it would bring noise, crime and extreme traffic tie-ups.

But the area is zoned industrial, which would allow a big box store like Walmart, and the state has signed off on a traffic study saying the impact on traffic wouldn't be disruptive.

"We can do all we want to and say 'no, you can't do this,' and we'd be in court and we'd lose real quick," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "That's the process. This comes down to the land zoned for highway commercial, heavy industry."

"I don't believe we can stop it, but we have to do something to make sure that aesthetically, the Walmart doesn't have a detrimental impact," said Senator Paul Sanford.

Some neighbors complained that the traffic study was actually paid for by Walmart, but the city said it is standard procedure to require developers to pay for traffic studies.

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