Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Alderman's push for 2nd Wal-Mart could renew big box fight

Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) said Monday he plans to introduce an amended redevelopment agreement at the April 22 Council meeting that would allow Wal-Mart to build its second Chicago store at a former Chatham industrial site.

"There's no other way to get this moving. The [Daley] administration is not willing to do it themselves. The only way is to force their hand is by spelling out that Wal-Mart shall be permitted to come," Brookins said.

"I think there are 30 folks who will vote with me on it. It may open the door to bringing back another type of big box type ordinance."
Some activity on the vacant land at Chatham Market could be of some use right now generating revenue instead of continuing a fight that would only serve to block some economic development right now. Especially if no one else is coming around the corner to build there and provide jobs and such.

Via CapFax morning shorts.

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