Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wal-Mart Can Build, but So Far ... the Company Isn't Making Any Promises When Its Construction Will Begin

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wal-Mart Can Build, but So Far ... the Company Isn't Making Any Promises When Its Construction Will Begin

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Byline: DREW DIXON

NEPTUNE BEACH - About a year after a very public fight that ended with permission for Wal-Mart to build a new store in the city, there's no telling when the retailer will begin building its Supercenter.

Company officials had said they wanted to begin demolition this month of an existing 150,000-square-foot vacant complex in the 600 block of Atlantic Boulevard. That's where the 117,000-square-foot Supercenter is expected to be erected. But that has not happened and it's not clear when the construction work will begin.

City officials are anxiously awaiting work to begin.

"We have nothing," said City Manager Jim Jarboe, noting the city has received no permit applications for the development of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. "We've heard that it's going to start each month. We've been hearing that for a couple of months."

A mediator ruled in February that Wal-Mart could proceed with the planned Supercenter despite a Neptune Beach City Council vote against the project in response to public outcry opposing the retailer. As part of the mediation settlement, Wal-Mart agreed to pay Neptune Beach $300,000 to cover legal costs and other expenditures.

That money is contingent on the project beginning; Jarboe said that's why the city would like to see the retailer begin tearing down the building that used to house a Scotty's hardware store, Food Lion and a clothing outlet store.

"There's good and bad either way. We have less traffic now, which is nice. But also, we'd like the revenue that's going to come in. They owe us $300,000 as part of the settlement and that won't come in until they begin their project," Jarboe said. "It's staged on different sections of the project; when they file for their building permit, when they get their building permit and when they complete their project."

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Cindi Marsiglio said details are still up in the air as to when the new Supercenter might be built. "I don't have any updates for you of where we are in the progress that we're making on all of the details that are required to get to that point," she said. …

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