For Immediate Release : Ward Four Residents respond to Approval of WalMart Large Tract Review
City Approves Plans for Ward Four WalMart Despite ANC Concerns
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August 31, 20011
Contact: Baruti Jahi (202) 904-7307
Ward Four residents and members of community group Ward Four Thrives responded yesterday to the Office of Planning’s recent Large Tract Review approval of corporate developer Foulger Pratt’s proposal for the development of a WalMart on upper Georgia Avenue.
“The choice isn’t between WalMart and jobs. DC should seek to attempt to bring good community partners to our neighborhoods, especially small business that offer good jobs that allow residents to live where they work. WalMart offers none of these things,” says Ward Four resident and W4T member Renee Bowser.
A resolution passed on June 27th by the ANC4B called for WalMart to “
Owner of local chain Yes! Organic Foods Gary Cha says “WalMart will put local employers like Yes! out of business and destroy the decent-paying jobs we create for a few hundred poverty-wage jobs.”
a community-led development process that ensures that any large development on upper Georgia Avenue meets the needs of area residents.
Ward Four Thrives is organizing residents to call the offices of Muriel Bowser and Mayor Gray, as well as organizing demonstrations at upcoming public events to be held by both Bowser and Gray. Ward Four Thrives has also called on ANC4B to pass a resolution against a WalMart on the Georgia Avenue site.
Ward Four Thrives is neighbors, business owners, and allies committed to community-led development in Ward Four.
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