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Wal-Mart discusses Broadway plans with Green Bay Alderman

Green Bay Ald. David Boyce
Green Bay Ald. David Boyce

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - One Green Bay alderman is talking about ideas Wal-Mart shared with him regarding plans for a store in the city's Broadway District.

Alderman David Boyce's district is in downtown Green Bay, including an empty lot on South Broadway, where Wal-Mart is considering building a store.

“It wouldn't have the same aura, or the same appearance,” said Boyce.

Boyce says he has talked with Walmart officials multiple times, including a two-hour meeting this week.

“They showed me a depiction on a laptop,” said Boyce. “There is no hard copy and there is no saying yes I know exactly what they proposed.”

Boyce indicates one part of the plan includes a retention pond at the back of the store with a large parking lot in front. He says based on the presentation from Wal-Mart officials, the thinking is the store would be about two-thirds the size of the west side store.

Boyce also says the store will include a brick theme.

“It wouldn't be a one-level brick, it would be something that would go a little vertical, but they might have a hundred different designs and might pick one out of the hundred to present,” said Boyce.

Boyce says Wal-Mart officials also made it clear that no buildings should block its view from the east.

“You know when you look across the river from downtown, you'd see the full effect of Walmart and the signage,” said Boyce.

Walmart has also been talking with On Broadway Incorporated officials. That group owns the property and promotes the district's businesses.

Boyce says he’d like to hear from the public before making a decision. On Broadway officials say Wal-Mart intends to do that.

After talking with multiple downtown officials, all agree it's premature to say Wal-Mart has a definitive plan at this point.

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