GREEN BAY - Walmart still hasn’t presented definitive plans for what it could bring to Green Bay's Broadway District, but company officials are sharing ideas with city leaders.
Alderman David Boyce's district covers this empty lot on South Broadway, where Walmart has a purchase option to potentially build a store.
“It wouldn't have the same aura, or the same appearance,” said Boyce.
Boyce says he has talked with Walmart officials multiple times, including a two-hour meeting this week.
“They showed me a depiction on a laptop,” said Boyce. “There is no hard copy and there is no saying yes I know exactly what they proposed.”
Boyce says one of Walmart's plans includes a retention pond at the back of the store with a large parking lot in front. Boyce says based on Walmart's presentation, he'd guess the store would be about two thirds the size of one of the two supercenter stores already in the city. Boyce also says the store will include a brick theme.
“It wouldn't be a one-level brick, it would be something that would go a little vertical, but they might have a hundred different designs and might pick one out of the hundred to present,” said Boyce.
Boyce says Walmart officials also made it clear that no buildings should block its view from the east.
“You know when you look across the river from downtown, you'd see the full effect of Walmart and the signage,” said Boyce.
Walmart has also been talking with On Broadway Incorporated officials. That group owns the property and promotes the district's businesses.
One person Walmart hasn't talked to is Green Bay's mayor.
“Look, I'm not opposed to a Walmart as a concept, but I am opposed to any superstore, big box retail on Broadway,” said Schmitt.
As for Boyce, he’d like to hear from the public before making a decision. On Broadway officials say Walmart intends to do that.
After talking with multiple downtown officials, all agree it's premature to say Walmart has a definitive plan at this point.
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