Cordova residents voice concern over Wal-Mart to County Commission

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Angry Cordova residents took their beef with the proposed construction of a new Wal-Mart to Shelby County Commissioners Monday, saying they want construction stopped at Macon Road and Houston Levee.

A coalition of more than 50 citizens came ready to do battle to keep Wal-Mart out of their Cordova neighborhood.

"That kind of demand on our infrastructure is just something we can't have right now," Brian Stephens of Citizens for Sustainable Growth said.

The Office of Planning and Development recommended the commission reverse its vote to allow Wal-Mart to build at Houston Levee and Macon Road.  They said the traffic will be a hazard to Macon Hall Elementary and the two lane road cannot support the traffic.

"Whether it's traffic lights or working with the community, groups in the area, we really want to make this work," Wal-Mart representative Dennis Alpert said.

But with only nine of 13 commissioners present, the coalition of three community groups called 'Citizens for Sustainable Growth' asked for a delay.

Both sides said the time will help and both are optimistic the commission will vote in their favor.

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