Rise, Inc. recognized the Wal-Mart Store in Blaine as its Employer of the Year at its annual fundraising and awards event, Celebrate Rise Fundraising Gala, held Oct. 2 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.
Walmart’s impact on Ball Road has been the No. 1 concern of a Blaine neighborhood. After three hours of presentations and testimony Jan. 16, the Blaine City Council said more research needs to be done on this and many other issues residents have raised.
As the Blaine City Council listens to residents’ opinions at public hearings next month about a proposed Walmart along Ball Road, it will have no recommendation from the Blaine Planning Commission beyond the fact that the preliminary plat meets all city code requirements.
It has been almost two years since more than 70 residents came to a Blaine City Council workshop to oppose a rumored Walmart. After on and off again public discussion, Walmart submitted an application for the project Nov. 8 and public meetings have been scheduled.
The city of Blaine has a better understanding of what issues must be reviewed whenever Walmart submits an application to construct a new store on the north side of Ball Road, just east of Lexington Avenue.