Ogden Residents Hope to Stop Proposed Wal-Mart

NOVEMBER 7, 2005 -- Ogden residents are hoping to roll back development plans for a proposed Wal-Mart Super Center. They asked for help from the New Hanover County Commissioners during a meeting Monday night.

The site of the proposed Wal-Mart is a 31-acre lot off Market Street, across from Middle Sound Loop Road.

The proposed store would run adjacent to several quiet neighborhoods. Residents in those neighborhoods want to keep that from happening.

If the Wal-Mart is built, it will add thousands of cars to the already congested Market Street. Some say traffic isn't the only issue. The proposed store could also disturb a protected wetland.

The opponents have sent letters to the Army Corps of Engineers and the North Carolina Division of Coastal Development. They are also hoping the county commissioners will support them with a resolution that will ask the Army Corps of Engineers to take a hard look at the proposal.

The land has already been zoned heavy commercial property, meaning the commissioners have little power to stop the project. County Commissioners did approve a measure urging state and federal agencies to take a closer look at the Wal-Mart plan.

Reported by Sarah Warlick