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Group Against Proposed Walmart Gains Support

March 11, 2012, 10:04 PM by Hailey Higgins

Group Against Proposed Walmart Gains Support

The push for signatures continues against the proposed Walmart site in south east Sioux Falls. And in less than a month, a group of vigilant volunteers created an organized group standing up against the big-box retailer.

Once again, hundreds of people come to sign a petition against the proposed Walmart on the corner of 69th Street and Cliff Avenue. Sam Khoroosi is among them at the Spirit of Peace Church.

"Right now, we just want to have our concerns heard and addressed by the city," Khoroosi said.

"We don't need this great big Walmart Store," Cynthia Knudsen said.

The group, Saving Our Neighborhoods is holding its second petition signing in two weeks. Volunteers created the group shortly after the announcement was made to build the city's third store last month.

Opponents say the retailer would create too much traffic, increase crime and contribute to water drainage issues already plaguing the area.

"Why (build) right in the middle of a residential area? There is nothing there to support Walmart," Knudsen said.

The group's effort is quickly gaining momentum. Organizers say they have gathered more than 500 signatures, built a website and are asking supporters to attend the Planning Commission Meeting on April 4.

"We are not backing down," Dave Hewett said. "We are moving forward and we will meet this at every step."

Organizers are also asking for volunteers to join their door-to-door campaign where they hope to hit 5,000 homes before April.

And as the effort picks up steam, Khoroosi and others are relieved a group of passionate volunteers are refusing to step down.

"I think it's great anytime a group of citizens is willing to come in and make sure they're heard and they're represented before their city and before their government. I think it's a great thing so I support any effort to do that," Khoroosi said.

Click here for a link to the Saving Our Neighborhoods website.

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