Caledonia realtor expresses concern over proposed Walmart Supercenter

Caledonia realtor expresses concern over proposed Walmart Supercenter

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Oct 25, 2012

CALEDONIA- A realtor in Caledonia is voicing his objection to a possible plan by Walmart to build a 185,000-square-foot store on the corner of Four-Mile and North Green Bay Road.

Jim Tiderman of Tiderman Realty, LLC tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure" there are numerous reasons why he, and others, are objecting to the 24-hour Walmart Supercenter.

"North Green Bay Road and Four-Mile road are just one lane each way.  It can't handle this amount of traffic," says Tiderman.

At a meeting Tuesday night at Gifford Elementary School, Walmart officials ensured the public they are aware of the road problems.

"We are aware of the significant traffic issues that need to be addressed, including Four Mile, Green Bay Road and Highway 31," Walmart Attorney Deb Tomczyk told the Caledonia Patch. "We are currently looking at traffic counts from the DOT, and Walmart would expect to pay for any traffic improvements necessitated from its development."

Tiderman says he's aware of the benefit a Walmart can bring, but he's not sure if the proposed location is the right fit.

"Jobs will be created, but the fear that we have is will it decimate other areas?"

Tiderman also says people at Tuesday's meeting expressed concerns over their property values.

"Nobody wants this in their backyard," says Tiderman.

Tomczyk cited a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research Study that found that Walmart actually increased the value of nearby residential homes.

No decisions were made at the informational meeting and Walmart hasn't officially submitted planning documents to the Village of Caledonia, the Caledonia Patch reports.