Greenwood can’t block a proposed Walmart store near a busy Center Grove area intersection but can require the retailer to do something about the heavy traffic near the site, city officials said.
Mayor Mark Myers and Greenwood City Council President J. David Hopper both said the city could do little to prevent the Arkansas-based retailer from building a superstore near State Road 135 and Smith Valley Road despite multiple complaints from residents.
White River Township residents rose up about a decade ago to defeat a proposed Walmart store at the same location. But this time the 14.8-acre site is zoned for exactly the type of store that
Wal-Mart Stores wants to build, Myers said.
“I’ve gotten several calls about them coming here, but they’ve picked a site where they have the zoning,” Myers said. “There’s little the city can do.”