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Crestwood city council approves Walmart proposal

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CRESTWOOD, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Crestwood city council approved a zoning change and development plan for a Walmart.

The decision came Wednesday night after a three-hour meeting.

Council members unanimously approved the development plan and passed the zoning change 3-1.

Wal-Mart says Crestwood is an ideal location for a store, but some residents say it's unnecessary.

At a meeting Wednesday night, Crestwood city council members, Wal-Mart representatives and area residents gathered to discuss the final details of a proposed Walmart on Veterans Memorial Parkway near Madison Park Place.

Wal-Mart representatives say the building would be a modern design.

The store would be nearly 160,000 square feet with more than 600 parking spots.

Some council members were concerned about the extra traffic the store will bring, but a traffic engineer says studies have been done and the traffic would be manageable.

More than 50 residents attended the meeting.

Several residents spoke to the council about concerns they have, including lighting, noise, signage and the store being too close to a school.

They're mainly concerned about what a Walmart will do to the quality of life in Crestwood.

"I would ask you to protect our Crestwood. The reason we moved out here is because it's small town USA . Why wouldn't you want to protect that," one resident said.

"We've got a Walmart to the south of us and a Walmart to the north of us. Don't know why we need another Walmart," said Crestwood resident Greg McCoy.

The city council approved a zoning change along with a development plan.

Wal-Mart hopes to begin work soon, but doesn't have a specific groundbreaking date.

They say about 300 jobs will be available.

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