Buckhead residents organize to prevent Walmart plans
Neighborhood groups in Buckhead spent the weekend firing off emails to council members expressing their opposition to a massive rezoning project that would bring the area its first Walmart.
If the city council approves the rezoning, the 21-acre area near the Lindbergh MARTA station, just behind the Home Depot, Target and Best Buy, would be rezoned to allow for more commercial development.
Area neighborhoods have formed a website called SaveLindbergh.org. The groups want the area to be used for more residential development and pedestrian traffic.
“This is about complying with the hard work that people have put in to ensure that Buckhead isn’t just another traffic pit,” Tom Shepherd of the Garden Hills Civic Association said.
Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman spoke with other neighbors, who said they think the area needs a Walmart, and that additional commercial development will bring more businesses and jobs to the area.
“If they are opposed to Walmart, why aren’t they opposed to Target and Home Depot? I mean, if you don’t want to live in that type of neighborhood, then don’t move here,” neighbor Dave Henry said.
The rezoning issue will be discussed during Monday’s Atlanta City Council meeting.