Teays Valley Walmart hearing delayed until June

TEAYS VALLEY, W.Va. — A hearing scheduled for next Thursday regarding a special-use zoning permit that would allow a Walmart to be built on Route 34 was postponed until June 18.

The notice section of the zoning ordinance requires an advertisement to be published in a newspaper at least 30 days before to the hearing. The hearing was delayed after the Putnam County Board of Zoning Appeals did not post the notice far enough in advance.

The Walmart “Neighborhood Market” has been hotly contested by Teays Valley residents who fear increased traffic in what they claim is an already congested area. Walmart contends the 43,000-square-foot building is much smaller than the retailer’s supercenters and would be about the size of a typical grocery store.

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