MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) – Merrill's city council has approved a conditional use permit for the new Walmart construction.
Aldermen voted 6 to 2 in favor of the measure after the city plan commission voted 3 to 2 against recommending the plan.
That vote was held up earlier this month after city plan commission members had some doubts about the property as proposed. The plan commission expressed concern that the approval of a conditional use permit would remove their control over the project. City development officials have stated that the development agreement will be a chance for how the city and Walmart can design and create the project.
Walmart spokeswoman Lisa Nelson says the company will be working towards that agreement. “There's a lot of work left to do, our traffic consultants will be making sure that the city and the state are right on the changes, and working with the city on the rest.'
City administrator Dave Johnson says the development agreement will be a back and forth process, and that city officials will be working hard on that. 'It's my hope that we can move forward and we can have a development that's good for this community and good for this area.” He says the construction will create jobs and will stimulate the region.