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Group appeals Wal-Mart OK

City of Gresham to schedule public hearing

Gresham First and three neighborhood associations have filed a joint appeal of the city's recent approval of a Wal-Mart supercenter at the corner of Powell Boulevard and 182nd Avenue.

Centennial, Southwest and Hollybrook neighborhood associations, along with the non-profit smart growth campaign Gresham First filed the appeal Friday, Aug.4.

Although the project received initial approval from city staff on July 27, neighbors concerned about community impacts such as traffic, safety and livability are not convinced that the development can work at the proposed location. The new proposal includes a 122,000-square-foot store with more than 500 parking spaces split between underground and surface lots.

Now that an appeal has been filed, the city will schedule a hearing within 45 days and issue a public notice in the coming week. Any person will be allowed to participate in writing or by speaking at the hearing.

Gresham First - www.greshamfirst.org - is organizing a rummage sale for late August to help raise funds for professional assistance.