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Town hall meeting to discuss plans for a Wal-Mart in Waldo

Updated: 2013-09-04T05:18:05Z

By JOE ROBERTSON

The Kansas City Star

The debate over plans for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Waldo will get a town hall meeting this week.

The Kansas City Public Schools’ repurposing office plans to present its recommendation for the future of the Bingham Middle School property near 75th Street and Wornall Road and then let the public continue the debate.

The town hall meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Southwest Early College Campus, 6512 Wornall Road.

Wal-Mart has proposed building one of its neighborhood markets — smaller than its superstores — on the site. It has made adjustments to the plan, including limiting store hours and building a green buffer.

But opposition persists. Some neighbors remain worried about traffic, said Melissa Saubers of the Waldo Area Business Association. Several homes associations oppose the plan.

The Waldo business association and the Waldo Community Improvement District want to see the property converted to retail, said Sam Gromowsky, a member of both boards. They have not taken a position on the specific plan by Wal-Mart.

“There are differences of opinion all the way around,” Gromowsky said. “(But) we are friends.”

To reach Joe Robertson, call 816-234-4789 or send email to jrobertson@kcstar.com.

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