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Decision on future of West Louisville Wal-Mart could come any day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The future of a Wal-Mart in the California neighborhood is still on hold.

Right now, a lawsuit and several plaintiffs are blocking the store from being built on West Broadway.

The plaintiffs have a problem with the proposed design of the store. However, but people on the other side say neither the lawsuit nor plaintiffs are legitimate.

"We could really use a Walmart over here," said Patricia Walton, who lives in the California neighborhood.

Walton live in California Square and said the proposed Walmart at 18th and Broadway would make her life a lot easier because she has limited transportation.

Walton explained, "As far as going shopping, I have to wait on my grandchild and my daughter and they live way out and they got their own lives."

"This is a project that is desperately needed in the California community," said Rev. Clay Calloway, who supports Wal-Mart.

Rev. Calloway has advocated for the project from day one and has a petition with signatures of more than 5000 neighbors who support the proposed Walmart and bombard him with questions.

He said, "They don't need to be asking me, they need to be asking the individuals on this list. Ask them -- they're the reason it's not here."

Right now, the project is in the hands of the Kentucky court of appeals.

Last year, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the several people and organizations protesting the design of the store.

"If you look at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Family Dollar and all the others, they have their buildings up on the street and the parking on the back," said Louisville attorney Stephen Porter, who represents the plaintiffs.

Porter said the goal is not to block the store but to make sure the design is in compliance, like everyone else.

Porter said, "Walmart comes in and has a building in the back and parking in the front and they say, 'oh, gee, oh, it's Walmart."

Rev. Calloway's response to that? "Well, that's malarkey, that's some bunk, that is some mess."

We asked Calloway, why the plaintiffs don't have as much say as the people who signed the petition. He responded, Well, because, first of all, they don't live in this neighborhood."

Rev. Calloway also said, there is only one design the people on the lawsuit should be worried about.

"What you see is urban design, which is neglect and desolation, that's urban design.."

The Kentucky Court of Appeals could make a decision any day.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart is hiring but for a new store on the Outer Loop.

For information on applying for one of those jobs, just click on the button.

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