Council tables Walmart expansion plans — again

‘Supercenter’ proposal draws concerns over loading dock noise

by Andrew Miller
Thisweek Newspapers

A Walmart proposal to expand its Apple Valley store to a “supercenter”
has been put on hold amid City Council and resident concerns about
loading dock noise.

After a two-and-half-hour discussion Oct. 9, the City Council voted to
table Walmart’s proposal to add 58,580 feet and a grocery department to
its store at 150th Street and Pennock Avenue.

The decision was the second time the City Council has opted to table
the proposal, and the council plans to re-address the issue at its
meeting on Oct. 23.

City Council and resident concerns hinge on potential noise generated by loading docks planned at the store.

Walmart intends to install a sound wall to mitigate noise, and store officials have agreed to limit deliveries to between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., with the caveat that Walmart can guarantee compliance with its own fleet of trucks, but not necessarily with other vendors making deliveries to the store.

“We can and will work with you on the noise abatement,” said John Hubener, Walmart’s district marketing manager. “We will do everything we can do” to get vendors to comply with the delivery restriction.

A handful of residents have expressed concerns that additional loading docks will add to the noise already emanating from the store.

Mark Ceminsky, who lives in the neighborhood adjoining the Walmart, said he currently can hear noise at night when he’s standing on the deck in his backyard.

“The noise at night is from loading and unloading trailers,” he said.

At stake is City Council approval of a building permit for the Walmart expansion. City Council member Sharon LaComb suggested that city officials take two weeks to address resident concerns and review conditions of the building permit.

The council will pick up the issue at its meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Apple Valley Municipal Center, 7100 W. 147th St.

Andrew Miller is at av.thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

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