submitted by Tom Linehan and Steven Zettner
It was standing room only by the time everyone finished filing in at tonight’s Responsible Growth for Northcross meeting. The message was simple: Wal-Mart is not a done deal.
The meeting lasted a little over an hour and in that time organizers provided a background on the project, gave a status on where things stand, took questions, and laid out the plan for mobilizing oppostion. It concluded with people directed to one of 8 committee tables to volunteer. A petition was signed and donations taken.
submitted by Linda Huff
After observing that the survey produced by the ANA shows a significant majority of Allandale residents oppose the Wal-Mart, I felt compelled to write and express my concern as to why the ANA is not taking a lead in opposing the Wal-Mart based on the reasons in the the ANA charter: " to protect the neighborhood quality of life, safety, residential characteristics and property values."
Northcross, I believe, should have a grocery store but not a 220,000 square foot behemoth that will be unleasable if the store is later abandoned by Wal-Mart. In researching past Lincoln Property/Wal-Mart deals I became aware that these companies initially give a very low traffic flow impact, then, after they are in place and operating, they petition cities to expand the arterial roads to their complexes.
Area residents don’t want Wal-Mart as an anchor tenant in the planned Northcross redevelopment according to our online survey. Of the 260 responses, 69% or 180 people are against it, 17% (45 people) are for it, and 13.5% (35 people) are undecided.
submitted by Steven Zettner
Wham. Here comes
Wal-Mart. And this being central Austin,
the anti-Wal-Mart folks aren’t far behind. I’ve also heard from a few folks, many of them 40+ year residents of the
neighborhood, who welcome Wal-Mart’s convenience and low prices with open
arms. I think they are a minority, but
one we should certainly respect.
an email from Darryl Haba, the City’s project manager on the Shoal Creek sidewalk project:
From: "Haba, Darryl"
Date: November 15,
Just wanted to provide you with an update. All work
2006 7:48:33 AM CST
along Shoal Creek from 38th Street to Allandale is now complete. We have two sections of railing to install
once they come in from the fabrication plant but all sidewalk, ramps, and
retaining wall work is complete. The remainder of this week we will clean
up our staging areas south of Allandale and resod them if needed and do a general
“once over” of the area to make sure we have all our construction debris
submitted by Kay Newell
Wooten NA meeting
Per Richard, Wal-Mart is a tenant in Northcross Mall. The site plan went through all the normal
Richard Suttle of the law firm Armbrust & Brown – real
estate lawyer for Wal-Mart
city processes and has been issued. Wal-Mart will be leasing from Lincoln Properties. The lease was signed in the last month or
two. In the last two weeks they have
talked to City Council about the lease and the plans Lincoln & Wal-Mart
have for Northcross. City Council
members are the ones that said Lincoln/Wal-Mart had met with neighbors – this
information is wrong. Tonight is the
first meeting with neighbors.
Representatives from both Lincoln Properties and Walmart are
available to meet with Allandale Neighborhood this Wednesday, November 15.
Covenant Presbyterian Church (Northland Drive next to NW Recreation Center) worked with ANA to secure the necessary rooms for
the meetings that evening.