March 24, 2005

Stanwood, Washington

The debate surrounding the proposed Stanwood, WA store seems rather cordial:

STANWOOD - Economic catalyst or economic disaster? Stanwood merchants could expect a bit of both, based on a presentation Tuesday night by the consultant who crunched the numbers to show what would happen if Wal-Mart came to town....

Chase was invited to present an economic impact study about large retailers and answer questions at a joint workshop of the Stanwood City Council and Stanwood Planning Commission at Cedarhome Elementary School.

About 90 residents, a few with homemade anti-Wal-Mart signs, sat quietly while city officials asked Chase about the report. No public comment was taken; an official public hearing is planned in April.

The issue has been stirring since last fall, when an Arlington developer mentioned in a letter to the city that Wal-Mart might be interested in 23 acres at the northeast corner of 72nd Avenue NW and Highway 532. The land would first need to be rezoned from residential to commercial.

Also, somebody started a blog about Walmart in Stanwood, but never followed up after one post that received four interesting comments.

Posted by Kevin on March, 24 2005 at 10:34 AM