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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Whitemud Drive and 17th Street Retail Complex

Residents don't want big-box stores for neighbours
CBC News

A commercial development in the city's southeast will bring too much traffic to the neighbourhood, residents complained at a community meeting Wednesday night.

The retail complex, at Whitemud Drive and 17th Street, will include a Home Depot, a Superstore and another big box store, along with a number of smaller outlets.

"You are going to hem us in with this development, without providing adequate roads to cope with it," Tom Hill, one of about 100 residents who attended the meeting, said. "It doesn't make any sense to anyone. I just do not understand why you would place us in that position."

City officials say the land at that intersection has been slated for a large retail development for 20 years, and that while they would like to widen the roads around the site there is no money available at the moment.

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