Turns out, they only won the battle. On June 9, they lost the war.
The Soaring Eagles Homeowners Association asked the City Council to spike a new concept plan for the vacant land. The plan includes an anchor building that is smaller than the 207,000-square-foot behemoth proposed byWal-Mart. But at 175,000 square feet, the building would be huge.
The concept plan also calls for a dozen smaller building scattered across the property for shops and restaurants.
Here’s a look from www.FlashEarth.com at the vacant property.
Here is a drawing of the Wal-Mart project rejected in 2006.
Here is an architect’s drawing of the newly approved concept plan:
Neighbors are not happy with the new plan. They say it is still too big for the neighborhood. They fear the owners still hope to lure Wal-Mart to the property.
But Mike Schultz, city planner on the project, said it appears Wal-Mart is more likely to land on 40 acres about a half-mile to the west, along the Hancock Expressway, just south of Drennan Road.
Here’s another FlashEarth image showing the possible Wal-Mart location:
The neighborhood is considering a lawsuit to appeal the City Council decision. They have 30 days from the June 9 decision to file.