SUISUN CITY — Suisun City officials are assuring residents that, despite the recent lack of activity at the site of the proposed Walmart Superstore at Walters Road and Highway 12, the retail outlet is on track to be built and open in 2014.
The concern was voiced at a recent Suisun City Council meeting when council members said they fielded some phone calls from residents who watched the site preparation work earlier this year, but then saw no activity.
Walmart’s construction documents are being checked by city staff and are expected to be approved next week, according to Suisun City Building and Public Works Director Dan Kasperson. Walmart will then be expected to solicit for a contractor to build the project and award the contract in the next month.
Construction will start shortly thereafter, Kasperson said.
Rough grading and building pad preparation was completed earlier this spring, as well as diversion of the drainage ditch on the site into an underground storm drain. The site has also been hydroseeded to keep down dust and to stabilize the ground.
Suisun City has been betting its financial future on Walmart for more than six years, fighting off legal attacks from opponents to the national retailer. Once completed, the city expects to make about $1.1 million a year in sales taxes from the superstore.
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