DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Some see it as an economic boom. But, some North Oak Cliff residents say a Wal-Mart is not the kind of development they were hoping for on Fort Worth Ave.
“We saw plans for a town center,” said Andrew Howard, who bought his Oak Clliff house about two years ago. “The thought was, our lifestyle meets that and we’re going to be able to walk, get our groceries and not spend a gallon of gas for a gallon of milk.”
But, last week Howard found out a vacant lot near his home is the future site for Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. Now, he and other residents are wondering whether the store will match their vision for the community.
“We’re not opposed to a Wal-Mart or development in the area,” said Jason Roberts, an Oak Cliff restaurant owner and community activist. “I realize what’s going to bring more of this young energy to the area and it’s embracing the walkable, livable form.”
Roberts believes the most successful developments in Oak Cliff are pedestrian and bike-friendly, like the Bishop Arts District.
He added that a Wal-Mart store will be a vacant once again down the line, and wished more community input was taken into consideration.
“We’re at the very early stages of this process,” said Dallas City Council member Dave Neumann, who worked to bring the Wal-Mart to Oak Cliff. He believes the store will fit into the neighborhood.
“That would be my encouragement: to make sure [Wal-Mart] pays attention to the needs and desires of the surrounding neighbors,” Neumann said.