South Milwaukee Walmart opponents protest vote

200 residents pack common council meeting

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by WDJT Assignment Desk

South Milwaukee--Things got very heated Tuesday night as South Milwaukee residents voiced their opposition to a new Walmart Store.

The group "Friends of South Milwaukee" held a sidewalk demonstration before the meeting, and then packed the common council hearing room.

"South Chicago Ave where it's going to be located, is no South 27th Street or Highway 100. It's just a terrible place to put it from the standpoint of safety, from the standpoint of our roads, " said resident Mary Wishmann.

Supporters say the store will create up to 200 jobs and provide new tax revenue for the community.

But opponents argue the big box retailer is not a good fit for the location, and will increase traffic and crime.

Alderman voted to approve the plans.

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