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Dardenne Prairie continues public hearings on Bopp tract, Walmart Neighborhood Market

Consideration of a development plan for a portion of a tract north of Feise Road near Bryan Road in Dardenne Prairie and a conditional use permit to allow a new Walmart Neighborhood Market there have been delayed again.

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen voted June 15 to continue public hearings on a planned unit development (PUD) and conditional permit requests for the tract.  Mayor David Zucker said details of the sale of the property to Walmart from the Cora Bopp Partnership still are being worked out, prompting the delay.

“We expect them to finalize presentations to the city’s planning and zoning commission and board of aldermen in July,” Zucker said.

The PUD request was submitted to the city in February by the partnership.  The partnership owns 86.5 acres in the area with the 15.79 acres the first portion to be developed.  The original PUD request covers five parcels on the 15.79 acres with plans for a grocery store, 24,000 square feet of retail space, 26,000 square feet for a bank or retail space, 3,000 square feet for a fast food restaurant, and a 740-square foot gas station.

Two of the five parcels would be purchased by Walmart, which announced in March plans to build a 46,000-square foot grocery store and a gas station.

Separate public hearings were placed on the board’s agenda for the PUD request and the conditional use permit on 6.25 acres of the 15.79 acre tract. The conditional use permit would lay out the details for the grocery store.

The public hearings before the board have been continued for several months.  No one spoke at the public hearings on June 15.

In April, Walmart officials provided a series of architectural drawings of possible looks for the store and the city provided comments.  City officials wanted something other than an “industrial warehouse look” that they submitted with their original proposal.

Zucker said the city is waiting to see if Walmart will accept a look for the store they submitted earlier.

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