Thursday, October 29, 2009

EVENT: GCA Wal-Mart town hall November 7th

I just recieved this info recently via e-mail. This is something worth attending in the near future.

For Immediate Release 

For More Information Please Contact:
Toni Costonie

Greater Chatham Alliance Community Council (GCA)
hosts a Town Hall Meeting on the proposed Walmart store
for the 83rd & Stewart Shopping Center

 The Greater Chatham Alliance Community Council (GCA) will host a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, November 7 at St. James Lutheran Church, located at 80th and Michigan. This open forum will cover issues related to the proposed Walmart tenancy at the new 83rd and Stewart Street shopping center--current home to Lowe's Home Improvement, Potbelly Sandwich Works and Aldi grocery store, currently under construction.

Among topics discussed in the forum will be the pros and cons of the direct impact Walmart will have on the Chatham, West Chatham, Chesterfield and Park Manor communities.

Plus, the possibility of alternative economic development ideas such as: restaurants, retail stores or retail outlets, community green space and tourism.

Another topic of discussion, based upon findings by Toni Costonie, GCA Walmart Chairman, is that the developer of the 83rd Street Shopping Center site, where the proposed Walmart will be located, acknowledges that the Shopping Center is a "brownfield."

This means the Shopping Center land is contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution. Concerns raised by community residents as to the types of toxins that are present and how they will be remediated will be aired.

Invited guests include 6th Ward Alderwoman Freddrenna Lyle, 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins, representatives from Walmart, the Openlands Project, Elce Redmond of the South Austin Coalition, and more.

The meeting will be held:

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Time: Noon until 1:30 pm
Where: St. James Lutheran Church, 8000 S. Michigan.

All Chatham / Avalon residents are invited to attend to discuss the Walmart store and submit questions regarding the store or any other topics related to the Shopping Center.

This event was also produced in association with the Chesterfield Community Council, West Chatham Improvement Association and Park Manor Neighbors Community Council.

For more information please contact GCA's Walmart Committee Chairman, Toni Costonie
773.723.4892 or GCA president Carl Lewis at 773.994.5308.

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