Fort Worth neighbors continue debate over proposed Walmart store

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on February 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM

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FORT WORTH - What would you rather have on your block - a place to buy groceries, or a business with curb appeal?

Neighbors in south Fort Worth want both, and it has left plans for a new Walmart Neighborhood Market stuck in limbo.

The grocery store would be at West Berry and Hemphill in Fort Worth, across from the Travis Avenue Baptist Church.

Dozens of people showed up for a meeting Monday night to discuss the plan.

Fernando Florez said the Walmart must match the city's vision for their urban village developments.

"Urban villages are about pedestrian-friendly traffic," Florez said. "And the intersection, particularly, is the heart of the urban village. And we want to preserve that."

The planning and zoning commission is expected to vote on whether or not to rezone the property on Wednesday. If the property is zoned for the Walmart Neighborhood Market, construction could begin by late summer.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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