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The proposed Super Walmart project will be built adjacent to the existing Walmart at the corner of East Main Street and Montara Road.

One step closer to Super Walmart

Massive project expected to begin construction late 2013, early 2014

STAFF WRITER
Project details:

•Super Walmart

—200,000 sq. ft.

—85-100 jobs added

— on 28 acres

•5 new businesses: estimated 100-200 jobs

—30,000 sq. ft. retail center

—14,550 sq. ft. drug store

—1 bank and 2 restaurants

•Construction estimated to begin: Late 2013 to early 2014

Source: Assistant City Manager Oliver Chi

BARSTOW • The final steps are underway toward construction of the proposed Super Walmart project on Montara Road.

“We’re getting close to the point where we can start construction on the site,” Assistant City Manager Oliver Chi said.

According to Chi the project is expected to be built adjacent to the existing Walmart, at the corner of East Main Street and Montara Road.

The development will be built on 28 acres of land and will include the 200,000 square foot Walmart Supercenter and five additional business parcels, which will include a bank, retail store, and two restaurants.

The project is expected to create 85 to 100 jobs at the new Walmart, in addition to an estimated 100 to 200 jobs from the five new businesses.

A report studying all of the environmental factors regarding the development was published and is open for public comment until Feb. 11.

A notice of availability of the environmental impact report was mailed to every address located within 300 feet of the project site and published in the Desert Dispatch on Dec. 28, according to City Manager Curt Mitchell.

“There’s a 45-day period to receive comments on the environmental impact report for any interested party and then the city and developer will respond to each comment and address any issues that are raised,” said Mitchell, at the council meeting on Jan. 7.

The planning commission will then need to consider and certify the Draft Environmental Impact Report in order for the project to proceed. That is tentatively scheduled to occur in March, Mitchell said.

In 2008, the City of Barstow was sued by Briggs Law Corporation and the advocacy group Build Barstow Smart over the environmental impact report for the proposed Walmart Distribution Center.

That project is currently on hold by Walmart, but the advance work for the project is complete according to Chi.


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