South Milwaukee clears way for new Walmart store

The South Milwaukee Common Council recently gave another round of approvals to clear the way for a controversial new Walmart supermarket and discount store to be built, despite heated opposition from hundreds of residents.

The council, with a series of 6-2 votes, gave final zoning approval to the plan to build the 115-square-foot store on 10 acres west of Chicago Avenue and one block south of College Avenue.

The council also gave final approval to vacate one block of 11th Avenue to accommodate the project.

The city will provide up to $1.8 million in funds to help finance the $12 million project.

The majority of the council ignored a petition signed by 1,350 residents opposed to the store. The only two aldermen who voted against the store were Craig Maass and Frank Van Dusen III.

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