Wal-Mart project advancing

walmartlogo1Despite a high profile effort to prevent a Wal-Mart from locating near Civil War battlefields close to the intersection of Route 20 and Route 3 in Orange County, the big-box store is moving forward with planning.

The national retail giant announced plans months ago to build a 140,000-square-foot retail and grocery store, but progress was delayed as project engineers worked to iron out traffic plans.

The store, as proposed, will take up 19 acres of a 50-acre parcel on the north side of Route 3, which is already zoned for commercial use. But the adoption of a large retail use ordinance into Orange County’s code means and retail establishment in excess of 60,000 square feet must submit a special use permit, and the public hearing process.

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