After more than 5 hours of debate, the Green Bay City Council has voted to deny Walmart's proposal to build a supercenter on the Larsen Green site in the downtown Broadway District.
The 6-5 vote came early Wednesday morning, after much debate and input from the public.
The vote keeps the Larsen Green site designated for "downtown" use, which sets guidelines for any new building on the site. Walmart proposed an approximately 150,000 square foot superstore but the downtown designation caps any new buildings at 70,000 square feet.
Walmart did present some final changes at Tuesday night's meeting, including adding a residential, mixed use component.
Alderman Brian Danzinger was one of two alderman who did not publicly show support or opposition to the plans. He ultimately voted against it.
"My focus the entire time has been trying to find some sort of amicable solution that would benefit both sides," said Danzinger. "When you look at how this proposal has evolved and how this proposal has progressed, especially hearing the feedback from a lot of the people in my district, the biggest thing they're looking for is seeing this project go through, but what they've been asking for is a different footprint and development density."
A spokesperson for Walmart did not directly say what the store's next move is, or if it will come back with a new proposal.
"We're disappointed in the decision. It's a community that's missing out. We're committed to serving our customers in Green Bay. We're going to continue to look for opportunities to serve them better," said Delia Garcia, Walmart spokesperson.
Walmart released the following statement Wednesday morning:
"The City and the USDA have documented a need for affordable groceries and general merchandise in downtown Green Bay. Last night's vote didn't change that and didn't do anything to address the need. We are committed to our Green Bay customers and will continue to look for opportunities to serve them."
Action 2 News will continue to follow this developing story.
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