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Walmart letter to City of Sioux Falls

Walmart letter to City of Sioux Falls

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Brian Cutting, director of Real Estate for Walmart, explains some changes that the company is making to the 85th and Minnesota store in response to criticism from Sioux Falls residents.
Brian Cutting, director of Real Estate for Walmart, explains some changes that the company is making to the 85th and Minnesota store in response to criticism from Sioux Falls residents.

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Published by: Michael Klinski on Jun 03, 2013
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April 18, 2013Brian CuttingDirector of Real EstateWalmart Stores, Inc.2001 SE 10th StreetBentonville, AR 72716-5550Mike Cooper Darrin SmithDirector, Planning & Building Services Director of Community DevelopmentCity of Sioux Falls City of Sioux Falls224 West Ninth St. 224 West Ninth St.Sioux Falls, SD 57117-7402 Sioux Falls, SD 57117-7402Re: Walmart Development at 85
th
& Minnesota, Sioux FallsI am pleased to share with you some material updates that we hope will appease some of the concerns thatwe have heard from neighboring homeowners. Walmart has heard many concerns, and has responded, in part, with the following proposals:
Concern: Access & increased traffic
 Response: Working in partnership with the City of Sioux Falls and other governing agencies, we proposeto move the proposed South Audie access road to the east. This will move the lighted intersection off of existing Audie, and farther away from Ms. Schwan’s property, and will make it more difficult for unwanted traffic to enter the neighborhood. See preliminary site plan attached.This traffic pattern has been studied by the traffic study, and we have called it out as our primaryalternative.
Concern: RV parking in the Walmart parking lot
 Response: Due to overwhelming concerns by the neighbors regarding safety and the perceived potentialfor increased crime, Walmart has agreed to not allow overnight guests at this Walmart. The parking lotwill be signed accordingly and the store manager will enforce the standard.
Concern: The architecture of the Walmart store will not match the character of the neighborhood
Response: Walmart’s prototypical building already includes a number of features to help break up thestructure into smaller portions, helping to reduce the visual impact of a big box store. We use differenttextures, materials, elevations, etc… The current prototype was recently updated to reflect a more modernlook on the entry vestibules. We have added the following embellishments to add additional character tothe proposed facility:
 
Addition of brick to both vestibule entrances and cart storage areas
 
Addition of brick below the Walmart brand wall.
 
Addition of cornice to front elevation and front 1/2 of side elevations
 
Addition of brick pilasters to front elevation, right side below Pharmacy drive-thru sign and rightside of Home & Pharmacy entrance.
 
Addition of brick columns to Garden Center fencing.
 
Relocated wall mounted flag pole to ground mounted.

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