Public Meeting Set On East Topeka WalMart Plans

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Neighborhood Improvement Association for the area which could become home to a new WalMart Supercenter is excited for the project, but does have some concerns.

They'll have a chance to express those concerns at a public meeting next week.

The developers behind the proposed store are hosting a neighborhood information meeting Wednesday, July 24. They'll detail their plans for building the store and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Developers plan to build on 17 acres of land off southeast 25th and California. They purchased the land earlier this year from the Topeka Public School District.

Bob Schneider of the Highland Acres NIA says the group surveyed residents who attended a meeting earlier this month. They received 30 responses. Of those, 86 percent were very enthusiastic about the project and 93 percent hoped to see the store partner with the neighborhood.

Schneider says the group believes the store will be very beneficial for the neighborhood, but they do have concerns. The survey identified traffic congestion and neighborhood safety as the primary issues. Schneider says hopeful they'll be able to work with the developers and the city to find solutions for those concerns.

The information meeting is 6 pm, Wednesday, July 24, at Highland Park High School's cafeteria. The meeting is part of the city's community information requirements for pursuing a zoning change.

If approved, this would be Topeka's fourth WalMart location. The company currently has stores near SW 37th and Topeka Blvd., SW 15th and Wanamaker, and NW Rochester Rd. and Hwy. 24.