Neighborhood Group Debates Walmart Traffic Issues

Residents Protesting Proposed Walmart At Old University Hospital Site

The Colorado Boulevard Healthcare District met Thursday afternoon to debate transportation issues surrounding the plan to build a Walmart at the old University Hospital site.

The proposed plan calls for 119,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter near 9th and Colorado Boulevard.

The meeting was to discuss the transportation issues related to the redevelopment including bike and pedestrian connectivity, as well as traffic.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock supports the redevelopment plan.

In a letter to Denver's City Council, Hancock said the site "has remained empty and blighted for nine years and it is now in the best interest of the neighborhoods and the city to facilitate viable retail development for this area."

Opponents have organized an aggressive campaign in the community to oppose a store. They cite common complaints against Walmart that the company pays low wages, and its low prices hurt small, local businesses.

The meeting was held at Hill Middle School, located at 451 Clermont Street, at 4 p.m.

The City Council needs to vote before the project can move forward.

The Colorado Boulevard Healthcare District is an organization of neighborhood associations, hospitals and Denver City Council members formed when the University of Colorado moved.

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