Wal-Mart submits new sketch plan

Engineers from the Wal-Mart Corp. had another set of plans in the mail even before they knew there was a problem with the first set.

The Wal-Mart Corporation has secured 23 acres west of Craig and has plans to build a 100,000 square foot supercenter. Right now, the company is going through the process of subdividing the site into six lots.

Engineers submitted a sketch plan to the city late last week. The plan was prepared and sent to the city before the results of a traffic study were finalized. The study was completed Sept. 2, and the plans were changed to reflect the results as well as input from Building Inspector Dave Costa. The revisions are expected to arrive today.

"Right now we're just dividing property," Costa said.

According to Wal-Mart spokesman Keith Morris, the results of the traffic study are expected to indicate the need for a stoplight at what will be the store's main entrance off U.S. Highway 40.

He said the Colorado Dep-artment of Transportation hasn't approved the placement of a stop light on Highway 40, but will consider it if the traffic study indicates there is a need.

Despite the fact that the plans didn't account for a city utility line easement and the issue of access still needs to be addressed, Costa said they're still better than most he sees at this point in the process.

"These guys are great to work with," he said. "They want to have their i's dotted and their t's crossed."

The plan submitted by Wal-Mart calls for the 23 acres to be split into six lots. The largest -- 17.5 acres -- will be the site of the supercenter, which plans indicate will be on the south side of the lot. Four lots ranging in size from a half acre to nearly two acres will remain at the north side. The main access to the supercenter will be between them. A smaller lot on the east side will be set aside for fuel pumps, accessed by West Fourth Avenue, which currently dead ends.

"These guys are sharp," Costa said. "They don't cut corners. They provide us with all we need to make a decision and more."

Wal-Mart's request to subdivide the property will be addressed by the planning and zoning commission Sept. 19 and likely will be before the City Council for approval Sept. 27.

Morris expects to bring a parking and landscaping plan to the planning and zoning commission in November or December.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring.

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