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Walmart picks new site in Orange
Company picks another location on which to build a store in Orange County.

PDF: Architect's drawing of detail plan for Walmart parcel
Date published: 5/23/2011

BY ROBIN KNEPPER

Walmart announced today that it has selected a new location for a Supercenter in Orange County about three miles west of the site near the Wilderness battlefield that sparked opposition from preservationists.

The new site is a commercially zoned property located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Virginia Route 3 and Somerset Ridge Road (State Route 708), near Germanna Community College’s Locust Grove campus.

Walmart issued a news release saying the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Civil War Trust, the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield have reviewed the new site and “agreed it is appropriate for economic development and will not diminish the experience of visitors to the nearby Civil War Wilderness Battle field.”

“We are delighted to have found a location that is commercially zoned by the county and also supported by the preservation organizations. We look forward to serving the Orange County community,” Eric Zorn, Walmart’s executive vice president of realty, said in a news release.

“This has been a collaborative process that we believe resulted in a successful out come for everyone involved.”

In 2009, Walmart chose a 51.5-acre tract about a quarter-mile north of the inter section of State Routes 3 and 20 and the entrance to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and six area residents challenged Orange County’s approval of a special-use permit for a 138,000-square-foot Super center, saying the store and traffic it would bring would spoil the experience of visit ing the battlefield where armies under Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Con federate Gen. Robert E. Lee first clashed in 1864.

As the trial of that lawsuit was getting under way in January, Walmart announced it would preserve that property and seek a new site in the county.


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