Group opposing Walmart in Decatur suffers defeat - FOX 13 News

Group opposing Walmart in Decatur suffers defeat

Posted: Updated:
DECATUR, Ga. -

The DeKalb County Zoning Board of appeals rejected an appeal of a building permit for a Walmart in Decatur.

The supercenter will be built on North Decatur Road between Medlock Road and Church Street.

Opponents showed up at the meeting wearing yellow t-shirts that read "Stop Walmart." T

The group Good Growth DeKalb filed the appeal, saying that a Walmart would lower their property values and bring unwanted traffic to the neighborhood.

"They're going to drive around and have more cut-through traffic in the neighborhoods and have more parking issues in what exists as above ground at Suburban Plaza. This is just not a tenable development," said Louise Runyon of Good Growth DeKalb.

Now that the county zoning board has denied their appeal, the group says it's considering its options, which could include a lawsuit.

Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz released the following statement after the board's ruling: "Walmart looks forward to adding 300 new jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenue to the county."

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Fatal shooting off Venetian Drive SW

    Fatal shooting off Venetian Drive SW

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:03 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:03:45 GMT
    Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of an abandoned car wash.
    Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of an abandoned car wash.
  • Burglars pretend to be engaged couple buying a home

    Burglars pretend to be engaged couple buying a home

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:05 GMT
    Deputies are asking the public for help to find more homeowners who may have fallen victim to two burglars, pretending to be in the market for a home.The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Tyler Michels and Rebecca Weismayer were arrested for burglarizinga 76-year-old man's home. Deputies say the two posed as an engaged couple looking to buy their first home. Detectives tell FOX 5 the homeowner let the suspects in, allowing the two to case his home. The two waited until the homeowner left, ...
    Deputies are asking the public for help to find more homeowners who may have fallen victim to two burglars, pretending to be in the market for a home.The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Tyler Michels and Rebecca Weismayer were arrested for burglarizinga 76-year-old man's home. Deputies say the two posed as an engaged couple looking to buy their first home. Detectives tell FOX 5 the homeowner let the suspects in, allowing the two to case his home. The two waited until the homeowner left, ...
  • Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

    Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

    Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
    Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices