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Green Bay city officials offer own Walmart alternate plan


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Walmart isn't the only entity offering up a new vision for what a store in Green Bay's Broadway District might look like.

The city of Green Bay's economic development department analyzed Walmart's site plan submitted last week on its website.

According to officials, the new renderings shows little change from the original plan submitted back in January. In both, the retailer wants to build a 154,000 square foot store with 600 parking spaces.

The city then offers up its own plan, which is for a two-story, 150,000 square foot store. The alternate plan also has a parking ramp and four buildings designated for mixed-use development.

It also suggests an alternate site for Walmart's plan, like one on Velp Avenue less than a half-mile away.

The latest proposal from Walmart is scheduled to be discussed at a neighborhood meeting on May 28. Green Bay's Plan Commission will then likely take up the proposal on June 9.

Meantime, Green Bay Alderman Chris Wery on Monday told WTAQ's Jerry Bader that he believes there are enough votes to get the latest Walmart proposal passed. That includes overriding a potential mayoral veto.

"He (Mayor Jim Schmitt) has always been a big bluster guy so we'll see, I think we can overcome that," said Wery. "The anti-Walmart group is figuring if they can be loud and persistent, they'll be viewed as the majority, which I think they're not."

Supporters say Walmart will bring jobs, along with grocery and retail choices that are currently unavailable there.