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Citizens will get a chance Dec. 10 to see plans for an unconventional Wal-Mart facility planned for the northeast corner of Memorial Boulevard and Airport Road across from Adams Place.

The public meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in SportsCom, 2310 Memorial Blvd., and the open house styled public meeting will feature several stations where information on several aspects of the retailer’s plan will be available for public viewing, Murfreesboro Planning Director Joseph Aydelott said.

The site is already properly zoned so no rezoning will be required, the director said. Murfreesboro Planning Commission will consider the site plan during its Dec. 19 meeting.

Information kiosks or stations at the public meeting Dec. 10 will include:
• Traffic, access, signalization, and roadway improvements.
• Drainage and stormwater management.
• Landscaping, screening, and buffering plans.
• Building appearance.
• General site and layout plan.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to stop by any time during the meeting and all are invited to provide written comments at the meeting, by email to Planning Staff members or by posting to a site on the City’s web page.

“We will be meeting with representatives of Adams Place,” Aydelott said. “The plan has many additional amenities: the site plan is much more like The Oaks located along Thompson Lane except there is much less signage and includes materials like stacked stone, brick, and other (attractive) masonry elements.

The facility will have parking on the front and north sides of the building,” Aydelott said.

Site plans were submitted and approved for another Wal-Mart facility south of town southeast of the intersection of U.S. 231 (South Church Street or Shelbyville Highway) and County Farm Road, now known as Joe B. Jackson Parkway.

The parcel was already zoned for that use,” the Director said.

The City’s Planning Commission approved that site plan four years ago, Aydelott added, but the company held off on construction until just recently.

“I expect construction on that project to begin by the end of the year,” Aydelott said.

The building’s construction will resemble that of the company’s new store north of town, Aydelott said. Both will have groceries but neither store will have a fuel depot.

A traffic light will be placed at the intersection of 231 and Joe B. Jackson Parkway and in another location further back from 231 at a set of townhomes.

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Members Opinions:
December 03, 2012 at 3:20pm
Say goodbye to Kroger and Publix..there's a new Sheriff in town.
December 05, 2012 at 7:11am
The Kroger on Mid. Tn Blvd and the Publix on S. Rutherford seem to be doing well despite spending several years competing with the Walmart on S Rutherford. It is hard to find a parking space at the Kroger store. Competition is a good thing.
December 05, 2012 at 12:21pm
The Kroger on S. Church St is a mad house since Food Lion closed. This new Wal-Mart should help. Publix aint going anywhere.
December 06, 2012 at 10:12pm
Is it a bad thing that every time I see another article about the new Walmart(s) on here, I get a little more excited about them? It probably is. But I digress.

I definitely agree with a couple of the comments posted here that the new Walmart in that area will be nothing but a good thing for the S. Church locale. The competition should keep Kroger in check and Publix… well, Publix isn’t going to lose any business. As a store, it provides such a starkly different atmosphere from Walmart and if one feels like going to Publix, they’re still going to go to Publix, regardless if there’s a Walmart next door.

Kudos to the planners for adding the extra traffic lights, though. Murfreesboro has always been a nightmare to traverse due to some pretty bad road planning, but making sure they take care of these intersections is something that should keep the roads moving in the right direction (no pun intended). I’ve seen too many intersections not get traffic lights, turn into nightmares… then get traffic lights later on anyway. So good move on this one.

And I see specific care is taken here to note the type of materials that will be used to surface the building—nice touch on the reporter’s part. Though I’ve not seen too many newer Walmarts that weren’t visually appealing, so this shouldn’t be too much of a concern for most people, I hope.

Either way, I’m definitely very excited to see this new store built!
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