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Controversial New Walmart in Sioux Falls Clears Hurdle, Faces More Challenges

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The controversial new Walmart in Sioux Falls has taken another step forward following a ruling by the city council.

In a 7-1 vote, the Sioux Falls City Council approved rezoning land at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue from agricultural to commercial use to make way for the new supercenter. The vote followed arguments by city leaders, residents and representatives of Walmart Stores, Inc.

The company must now secure permits before construction can begin.

The citizens group Save Our Neighborhood has fought to development from the beginning. They have tried taking the city to court, and have reviewed Walmart’s traffic study. Despite the setback, the group vows to continue the fight.

“We didn’t put all our eggs in one basket. We have other avenues to consider,” spokeswoman Dana Palmer said. “That wasn’t even our biggest basket.”

“I think that this decision sets a precedence for development in Sioux Falls and it has concerned a number of people in that neighborhood, but now as people realize what’s going to happen is going to concern everyone all over town,” Emmett Reistroffer, a consultant for a private organization, told KSFY-TV.

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