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Public hearing on Walmart Neighborhood Market proposal scheduled

A site plan for a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store and gas station are expected to come before the Dardenne Prairie Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, March 8.

The site plan and a public hearing will be held starting at 7 p.m. at city hall, located at 2032 Hanley Road. The commission normally makes a recommendation to the city’s Board of Aldermen, which has the final decision on the proposal. A public hearing on the proposal is also scheduled before the board on March 15.

Walmart proposed the grocery store at the northwest corner of Bryan and Feise roads last year but cancelled the plan last July before resubmitting a proposal earlier this year.

The application seeks a change from the present C-2 commercial zoning to C-2 planned unit development with conditional uses. The proposed development involves 6.25 acres of a 15.79-acre property north of Feise Road near its intersection with Bryan Road.

The 15.79 acres is divided into five parcels and is part of 86.5 acres, known as the Bopp tract, owned by Cora Bopp Family Limited Partnership. Walmart is expected to buy two of the parcels with city approvals are forthcoming.

Mayor David Zucker said last month that the exterior appearance of the store will be the same as was worked out with city officials for the previous store proposal. Some square footage for the store was cut back and there are fewer parking spaces and more landscaping proposed. The market is expected to offer standard food and services and possibly online ordering that allows curbside pickup of groceries. Zucker said that will depend on what Walmart representatives say at the public hearings.

The new store also will provide more sales tax revenue, which provides a large share of city funding. Zucker said a city consultant suggested that a grocery store of this size could generate as much as $300,000 annually in sales tax revenue.

Walmart’s earlier pullout came after months of review and discussion of development of the property and the market. Walmart announced last March plans for the grocery store and gas station.  The store is about a fourth of the size of a regular Walmart Supercenter and smaller than competing supermarkets. The Neighborhood Market would be the third recently opened in St. Charles County.

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