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Appeal proceeds against Wal-Mart project

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The Alliance for the Protection of the Auburn Community has made it official. It has filed its notice of appeal with the Placer County Superior Court over a judge’s decision to disallow an earlier late filing on a suit against the Wal-Mart project in North Auburn. APACE is fighting Placer County approvals for a 155,000-square-foot development on 18-acres near Luther Road and Highway 49. The approvals were given to then-land-owner Bohemia Properties of Roseville. Bohemia has since sold the land to Wal-Mart. “APACE maintains that the importance of challenging the adequacy of the Bohemia retail project’s environmental impact report is paramount, if the health, safety and quality of life are to be preserved for those families residing in neighborhoods adjacent to the proposed development, as well as Auburn in general,” APACE member Victoria Connolly said. A Wal-Mart will have a dramatic impact on the community and local businesses, Connolly said. “Our group, with hundreds of supporters, is not buying into Wal-Mart’s appeal for local public support,” she said. Proponents of the project have said the suit and the appeal are groundless. Wal-Mart launched an Auburn-based website this week aimed at informing residents this week of the pending store. The online site touts the sales tax revenue and an estimated 300 new jobs the store will bring to the area. “Walmart is pleased to introduce exciting plans to build a new Walmart store in North Auburn,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amelia Neufield said. “The store will provide for the community with a convenient, one-stop shopping experience. The new store will include many of the same everyday household items that you’ve come to expect from a Walmart store along with the convenience of a full-service grocery department that includes fresh and locally-grown fruits and vegetables, a bakery and deli.” In the coming months, the community will learn about plans to build a store that will include Wal-Mart’s contemporary architectural designs and energy-efficient features, she said. “In the meantime, we have launched a project website where our customers and future neighbors can learn about a store that will create approximately 300 jobs, new tax revenue for local public services and our company’s commitment to contributing back to the communities we serve, Neufield said in a statement “ Visitors to AuburnWalmart.com can even take a video tour of Wal-Mart’s newest stores and much more.” Journal Staff Report