Fort Worth Neighborhood Set For Wal-Mart Showdown

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Opposition is expected to surface Tuesday night as the Fort Worth City Council considers a plan by Wal-Mart to build a new Neighborhood Market at the site of an old church building.

A battle has begun to brew as the council considers a request for a zoning waiver that would allow a Wal-Mart project to move forward at Berry and Hemphill.

Opposition for the project comes from the South Hemphill Neighborhood Association.

According to association president Fernando Florez, one part of the project would ruin the urban village plan for the area.

“To allow them to have a parking lot right there, adjacent to Berry Street, that would destroy the plan and that’s what we’re against,” he said matter-of-factly.

But Florez said the neighborhood association isn’t totally against the project and right now are trying to get Wal-Mart to revise their plans.

“The door is still open for Wal-Mart to make some concessions, to agree to the proposal that we left on the table,” he said. We have not heard anything from them.”

The city council postponed the item at it’s meeting earlier this month.

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  • withheld

    WalMart’s goal is to anger it’s potential customers.
    Individual City Council members gain is unknown at this point.

  • Jennifer

    I don’t understand what the difference between walmart having the grocery store there with the “urban” touch and all these Hispanic stores with transits asking for money!! The neighborhood association presidents wanna just be heard!! Where was the city council when we needed them when they decided to put an oil rig less than 300 feet from our homes? They didn’t care they made sure that the “upper class” neighborhoods didn’t have one put in theirs!! These people are worried about the wrong things, I’m ashamed of our council and mayor!!

    • dan

      CBS 11. get your head out. Berry/hemphill is not even close to the bike trails on magnolia and hemphlil like you reported. i have lived in ft worth 40+ years. do your job and get your head out of your b___.

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