The big box retailer submitted plans for a new 180,000-square-foot store at Memorial Boulevard and Airport Road, across the road from Adams Place Assisted Living.
"The building is similar to what we approved on South Church Street ..." Murfreesboro Planning Director Joseph Aydelott said, adding it will be constructed with similar materials with a similar design and the building facade will offset by architectural lines to make it more pleasing. "This is not your old Walmart type. It's not like what's on Old Fort Parkway and South Rutherford Boulevard. It's more consistent with (the buildings) you see on Memorial."
Walmart representatives could not be reached for comment by deadline.
Aydelott said the Planning Department hasn't had a chance to review the plans in detail, since they were just submitted late Monday afternoon, but he expects a full review will be complete by the time Walmart comes up on the Planning Commission agenda Nov. 21.
From Aydelott's first impression of the plans, he said the store appears to meet the city's parking, landscaping and setback requirements, but the department hasn't taken a hard look at drainage and traffic requirements.
"At this point I don't see anything substantial they can't work out at some point," he said. Aydelott explained he has a few things he'd like to discuss with developers before the plan is presented to the Planning Commission, but he has no detailed problems at this point in the process.
Developers have proposed a new traffic signal at the north end of the site and upgrading part of Airport Road, so the store will have two entrances off of Memorial Boulevard.
The proposed parking lot is divided by landscape buffers, similar to The Avenue Murfreesboro. Shipping and receiving will be in the rear of the building, facing the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport.
The 17.04-acre site is made up of several parcels, but is mainly owned by GHEMCO, a family trust for the children of George Huddleston Sr., and has been zoned commercial highway since at least 1984.
Jonathon Fagan contributed to this report.