More Momentum for Anti-Walmart Group in The Heights

A grass roots organization trying to stop a proposed Walmart just south of the Heights is growing. Rod Rice reports the opposition that began on Facebook is approaching 55-hundred supporters.

That's the word from Nicholas Urbano the President of Responsible Urban Development for Houston.

"Over the course of weeks and weeks and a lot of fast moving, or what seems like fast moving events, we've gotten to this point where we've organized and have a clear path and have formulated some of our own strategies, and that's what we'll be rolling out over the next few weeks."

The group's second meeting will be tonight at seven at the Council of Alcohol and Drugs building at 303 Jackson Street.

Urbano says the purpose is to let everyone know what has happened so far, what's planned and how donations are being spent.

He says so far there are a number of community concerns.

"The largest concerns that we've heard are traffic, crime, water shed issues and concerns over the 380 agreement, which is equating to tax payer funded capital improvements  that would be reimbursed by the city to the developer itself."

The proposed 16-acre site is west of Yale between Washington and I-10.

Walmart and the city also plan to hold a community meeting this week but details have not yet been finalized.

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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...