Sam’s Club could replace former Wal-Mart on Hwy. 92
by Michelle Babcock
June 29, 2014 12:13 AM | 5042 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — A new Sam’s Club store could soon take the place of the former Wal-Mart that relocated a decade ago from the corner of Highway 92 and Main Street.

Sam’s Club developers want to install a fuel station on the property and requested three variances to the downtown commercial mixed-use zoning, which will go before the planning commission July 10 for a public hearing and the Woodstock City Council on July 28, said Patti Hart, planner for Woodstock’s Community Development Department.

“The Development Process Committee has made a recommendation of approval of the conditional use permit with a limitation of six multi-pump dispensers for the fuel center, dark skies lighting fixtures and a sign package,” Hart said. “DPC also recommended approval of the three requested variances.”

Sam’s Club developers requested a variance to the city’s open space requirements, “based on the existing buildings and parking, and the existing site configuration,” stated the variance application submitted to the city read.

The second request was for an increase in the number of parking spots allowed on the property, also based on the existing site configuration, the application read.

Hart said Sam’s Club is actually proposing to have less parking spaces than the former Wal-Mart, but because of zoning code changes, the developers are required to submit a variance application.

“Wal-Mart was built under a previous zoning code,” Hart said. “They are requesting an increase in parking from the current code maximum. However, the overall number of spaces proposed are a reduction from what exists on the site today.”

The final variance request from Sam’s Club consisted of many variances to the zoning requirements for the building, many of which dealt with its facade.

Developers plan to tear down the former Wal-Mart building and replace it with a new Sam’s Club store located closer to Main Street, Hart said.

The Woodstock City Council will consider the proposed plans and hold a public hearing at its July 28 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at The Chambers at City Center in downtown Woodstock.

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