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Walmart submits new design for West Louisville store

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Walmart has submitted a new design for its proposed Supercenter in West Louisville.

Metro Louisville is investing some $2-million to bring Walmart and its 300 jobs to the abandoned Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway, but the store design has been a point of contention, with some neighbors saying they don't want a big box.

The latest design submitted to the Planning Commission by Walmart includes  more glass and brick, and decorative elements, as well as hundreds of trees and shrubs.

But the biggest change is the addition of pedestrian walkways from Broadway and from 18th Street through the parking lots to the store.

"We want customers to find access to our store safe and convenient, whether they come by bus, or walk, or by bicycle, or by car," said Walmart spokesman William Wertz..

In a statement, Mayor Greg Fischer praised the design, calling it more bike and pedestrian friendly and environmentally sustainable -- but critics say the changes still don't cut it.

"Nobody respects the west. Nobody respects West Louisville. You can build what you want to, any way you want to," said Haven Harrington, president of the Russell neighborhood.

Haven is insisting on an urban design built closer to the street, such as Walmart has built in other large cities.

"It keeps the urban character of the neighborhoods intact. It's very walkable, very bike friendly, it's very mass transit friendly," said Harrington.

But some are applauding Walmart's willingness to compromise. The most important thing, they say, is the jobs.

"With the new walkways, the pedestrian walkways, that will be able to accommodate the people, that's what we need. We don't want to put anything in the deal that will break the deal," said Rev. Milton Seymore, president of the Justice Resource Center.

But Harrington wants city planners to stand their ground.

"It's time that, no, we're not going to sit back, and we're not going to let you build anything because it's cheaper for you. We want something that's good for our community," he said.

Both the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment will consider the Walmart plan during meetings next month.

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