Critics of a new Walmart store, which the Atascadero City Council unanimously approved two weeks ago, were mum Tuesday as city leaders approved its second and final vote on the ordinances that give the shopping center the go-ahead to build.
Three members of the public thanked the council for its second 5-0 approval Tuesday night.
“We’re all tickled to death and can’t wait for this project to start,” resident Mike Anderson said.
The move upholds the council’s first unanimous approval from its June 26 meeting allowing the Walmart project and a separate shopping center called The Annex to be built at El Camino Real and Del Rio Road.
The Walmart could open as early as 2014. The Annex would be built after two roundabouts are constructed on the Del Rio Road overpass at Highway 101. Although plans for The Annex were also approved, the project doesn’t yet have a developer after much of the land it’s slated for was foreclosed on this year.
While critics didn’t speak at the meeting, in recent months they’ve been largely concerned about both shopping centers’ related traffic improvements and associated costs to the city.
Tuesday’s meeting was the final step in the nearly seven-year discussion on whether the shopping centers are good for the Atascadero community.
The second reading of the ordinances was on the council’s consent calendar Tuesday, where city staff compiles routine items that do not require individual hearings.