Property values reason enough to oppose supercenter

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It has recently come to my attention that an opportunity exists to voice my opinion on the matter of Wal-Mart taking residence off Baptist road.

Currently, I am the original homeowner of my house in Fox Run which is a development with a section that backs up to Baptist Road. This development is east of the proposed development by approximately two miles. When I purchased my home almost seven years ago, 80 percent of this area was not developed. Now, it is all developed with many homes ranging from the low $400,000 to over a million dollars.

As a resident, I fell in love with this area because it reminded me of when I was a child and my parents took me on vacation – many tall trees, beautiful mountains and many sounds of nature. I appreciate development and the developers of Fox Run did a wonderful job in preserving the aged old trees that makes this area so special.

Recently, I was in the process of selling my house to move farther north, approximately 6 miles. My house was listed on the market for six months and has received over 100 showings. I have received feedback from Realtor’s, agents and local business associates who have a strong voice in the city council and local businesses.

The feedback received from all of them is that because Wal-Mart is planning to build down at the bottom of the hill, you will need to reduce your home price by approximately $35,000. I have also interviewed other homeowners who were selling their homes in the area and were told, and in fact had to reduce their asking price to the same amount in order to sell. All cited the fact that because of Wal-Mart building in the area, the property values would drop.

Of course, you have heard in the news by now that Wal-Mart discriminates against women over pay, usually is a magnet for civil and crimes committed around the area, traffic congestion, major pollution and lost of business from long-term smaller businesses in the community.

What I am addressing is the losses sustain by such a large obtrusive enterprise. They have a history of not caring about the losses of others. What is even more absurd is that if Wal-Mart is making an offer to pay for the road improvements, the city people are paying for it with their purchases. What kind of joke is this?

I do shop at Wal-Mart and have a Sam’s Club card. I believe that Wal-Mart should do the right thing and relocate in a commercial center zoned for commercial businesses where other major commercial enterprises exist. The bully mentality of doing what it pleases at the sake of others must stop.

As a voting member of this community, a business owner and a homeowner, I have been fortunate to have an alliance with approximately 2,390 voting members. We all strongly object to the building of a Wal-Mart at the proposed location and will strongly urge the commissioners to vote against Wal-Mart or we shall vote against the commissioners.

There are many other points to make, but to brief I will be watching this election closely and can only hope the commissioners hear the word of the people.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my view about why I believe Wal-Mart is the wrong choice for the development in this community.

Ken Valdez