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Suisun City Walmart on pace to break ground in 2 months

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From page A1 | July 11, 2012 | 28 Comments

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The planned site of the Suisun City Walmart at Highway 12 and Walters Road is disked by a tractor earlier last week. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

SUISUN CITY — After six years of controversy that included an unsuccessful recall and a lawsuit, Suisun City is expecting to see ground broken for its anticipated Walmart supercenter in September.

The national retailer that the city is depending on for its financial salvation pulled a grading permit for the site on the west side of Walters Road and the north side of Highway 12, and is working on mitigation to offset the site environmental impacts, according to Suisun City Community Development Director April Wooden.

“I would say in the next eight weeks that they intend to officially break ground,” Wooden said.

Unless another wrench is thrown into the works, the city expects Walmart to open its doors in late 2014, before the start of the holiday shopping season.

It has long been touted as the economic salvation of Suisun City’s financially strapped budget, with the expectation that the store will generate about $1 million in sales tax revenue a year. Suisun City’s general fund budget is less than $10 million a year.

Walmart got its final regulatory agency approval to start construction of the 182,000-square-foot supercenter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently and received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week.

The Walmart grading permit was pulled last month. Work crews plan to get as much work done preparing the site as possible before the winter rain season starts, according to Wooden.

“When they start construction (in 2013), it will go quickly,” Wooden said.

Building the Walmart store and parking lot will fill in 2.35 acres of wetlands and .28 acres of a stream channel. Part of the mitigation is to be done at Lynch Canyon in the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo, with other mitigation to be done in eastern Solano County. The 1,039-acre Lynch Canyon open space area is owned by the Solano Land Trust and operated by Solano County as a park.

At Lynch Canyon, Walmart will restore and improve 1.43 acres of wetlands and 1,637 linear feet of creek at the headwaters of Lynch Creek. Water board staff noted that Lynch Creek ultimately flows into Suisun Marsh, as does the channel on the Walmart property.

The city and Walmart are also looking to replace and rebuild a sound wall along Peterson Road. Suisun City officials plan to talk to affected city residents before the work starts and work with them to make that part of the project as quick and unobtrusive as possible.

Opponents have not counted themselves out, even at this stage of the struggle.

Taxpayer advocate George Guynn, who opposed seeing Walmart put on the east Suisun City site, said, “we are not done, as far as I am concerned.”

A group, which called itself Save Our Suisun, managed to slow the Walmart approval process for several years and was a factor in getting several modifications to the plans. The group opposed a Walmart in that particular site and opposed original plans that they said would unfairly impact that area.

Suisun City managed to fend off a lawsuit from the group that contended the city did not create an adequate environmental impact report on the project in 2009. It also battled its way through SOS’s objections to mitigation plans that were put before the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Guynn said the group is waiting until the project’s final permits are dealt with before deciding what further actions to take, if any.

Walmart officials said earlier this year that the retailer was unlikely to drop the project if it encounters more roadblocks.

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Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • RichJuly 10, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Just what Suisun needs--a place for all its no-gooders and neer'dowells to hang out at. What a great place to stick a Walmart Super Center--right where 3 formerly quiet neighborhoods converge at. The truck traffic alone will make your stomach curdle--the constant noise from their generators 24 hours a day. Then there's going to be all the undesirables hanging out in the parking lot panhandling, breaking into cars, selling drugs, prostitutes catering to the truck crews, shoplifters and undesirables wandering into the adjacent neighborhoods looking for unlocked doors and other oppurtunities--all of this so Suisun's rotten government can feed itself with more tax money to do less.

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  • Debbie GanthnerJuly 11, 2012 - 7:31 am

    Well good yet another reason for you to move away. Maybe your address should be posted so all these bad people can come rob your house....does anything good EVER come out of your mouth???

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  • George Guynn, JrJuly 11, 2012 - 3:04 am

    Save our Suisun collected what was thought to be more than enough signatures to have a recall. The problem was that the person giving advice to the group on collecting signatures didn't take into consideration that the law changed shortly before signature collection started to require the person signing the petition to fill out their information, such as home address, instead of the signature gatherer doing it. As a consequence, since the petition gathers were trying to help voters complete the petition, we came out about a hundred to one hundred fifty signatures short per council person. So, even though the recall didn't happen, there are still many unhappy citizens over this Walmart issue. Furthermore, the City of Dixon, about the same size as Suisun gets about $500K a year in sales tax from Walmart. It is very doubtful that even if the Walmart is built that it will produce anywhere close to a million a year in sales tax. So, expect the over spenders on the Suisun City Council to still have big financial problems in the future!!!! And finally, this issue is not over till the fat lady sings and she hasn't sung yet.

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  • Sam WaltonJuly 11, 2012 - 6:44 am

    And in the end, all Save our Suisun accomplished was a failed recall and lawsuit that wasted city resources and delayed revenue.

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  • RichJuly 11, 2012 - 7:18 am

    So this is all the fault of the Suisun Homeowners adjacent to the site? Why is that? Exactly who is City ''Haul'' serving? I don't think Suisun's going to be getting the revenue they claim they're going to be getting either. As a military retiree, I won't be shopping there either for gas or groceries. But I'm not looking forward to the clouds of dust, noise, traffic jams, legions of no-gooders and Suisun's excuse making once their marginalization of the adjacent neighborhoods begins. By contrast, my family's neighborhood back east was the proposed site of a WalMart--those neighbors and a loyal city government quickly threw them out !

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  • Sam WaltonJuly 11, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    Exactly who said it was the fault of homeowners adjacent to the location? Keep making it up as you go along.

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  • RichJuly 11, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    So the people right behind the proposed site are happy? Don't you think they might not want your big box store in their back yard? Why don't you City leaders go stick WalMart in your own neigbhborhood where you live and work at? That Hoffman property down by the Water Tower was the perfect location but no, you insisted on sticking it next to Travis AFB and where all those homes and 3 neighborhoods converge at. I'm glad the opponents to this horrible sell out project are figting it as valiantly as they can. Stick your WalMart in your own neighborhood Hoss!

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  • Sam WaltonJuly 12, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Did you ever think that it might actually be my neighborhood? And for your info, many of the residents adjacent to the location were in favor.

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  • George Guynn, JrJuly 11, 2012 - 8:59 am

    Hey Debbie, phony name, Ganthner, why don't you move instead of Rich? Hey Sam, phony name too, Walton, how is that still no WalMart after about 6 or 7 years working for you? Can't you go just five miles to the FF one? Who needs another one located next to three residential neighborhoods. Down by the water tank and downtown would be a much better location! As for SOS activities, how is most of the council members being exposed for taking junkets at the sewer board working for you? We are just getting started. How about you? I think your buds on the council have big budget problems coming when Walmart doesn' generate 1.1 million a year in sales tax.

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  • Debbie GanthnerJuly 11, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    Really you are taking down my comments, why? You allow rich to comment such garbage, but take my comment off?

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  • PJJuly 11, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    so is WalMart moving into Suisun President Obama's fault? Let's try to make the connection. You start Rich.

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  • RichJuly 11, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    PJ---those clearly are seperate and distinctly different and seperate issues. Please address the issues, pro and con if you please.

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  • George Guynn, JrJuly 12, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Hey Debbie, phony name, Ganthner, saying that Rich's address should be published so that he could be robbed is a personal attack and a potential threat. According to the DR's terms of use, your comment should be taken down! PJ, another phony name, Rich has never said that Walmart in Suisun is Obama's fault. The Suisun Council gets the rap for that! They need to go!!!!!

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  • Sam WaltonJuly 14, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    Actually, the council gets the credit for Walmart. Each one has been re-elected since then. Haven't they?

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  • MarciSeptember 30, 2012 - 11:12 am

    I reported her comment also. Vicious an nonsensical personal attacks are becoming rampant on this blog. Methinks most are from liberals who know their days are numbered.

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  • cAugust 23, 2012 - 11:51 am

    i like tbe idea of walmart coming to suisun. we have the,air base with the noise of planes every day. really? what issues can having a,walmart really cuase? his will be a good deal for suisun.

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  • Jose Lopez-cejaSeptember 30, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Please Do not give up on building this Walmart because we all don't want to see Suisun City heading for bankruptcy. We need their taxes in revenue to save our city, and both the city and Walmart will benefit from each other. Go go go!

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  • MarciSeptember 30, 2012 - 11:20 am

    In this depressed Democrat economy, Walmart deserves a lot of credit for being able to undertake the building of a new super store in our area. Look at the jobs and shopping convenience and tax revenue this will bring about. Sure there will be more traffic, but people have to eat. Wouldn't it be nice if Suisun could afford to build and staff a police substation to keep the riffraff at bay?!

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  • CD BrooksSeptember 30, 2012 - 11:54 am

    Marci, I could not agree more with your police idea! I wish we had a properly staffed traffic division. There are plenty of ordinances to prevent some of this activity. The revenue generated by good police patrols would seriously add up!

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  • MarciSeptember 30, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    True, CD, and more people would shop at night if there was a police presence. More hours--more jobs! BTW, the home show in Auburn sounded nice. We went to the Solano one a few years ago. Too hot lately for anything. Fortunately it will "cool" down to the 80s by Wednesday.

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  • CD BrooksSeptember 30, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    Marci, when I become mayor, I will work on that! ;) We go to all the home shows but I just wanted to share how nice these people were. It was a good time!

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  • CD BrooksSeptember 30, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Marci, I'm trying to formualte thoughts and words but alas, I am speechless...

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  • MarciSeptember 30, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    Guess it was a successful post all around, CD. :)

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  • CD BrooksSeptember 30, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    Marci, cute little shot there! On that note, I am going to declare this one of my favorite DR days ever and head on out of here. Hope you all have a very nice evening!

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  • James SmithFebruary 07, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Everyone stop complaining because you will all be first in line to shop there when it opens, you always do.

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