January 6, 2010 > Milpitas Coalition to discuss proposed Walmart expansion
Milpitas Coalition to discuss proposed Walmart expansion
By Meenu Gupta
The proposed expansion of the Milpitas Walmart will be the topic of discussion at the Milpitas Community Breakfast, a program of Sunnyhills United Methodist Church. Speakers will include representatives of the newly formed Milpitas Coalition for a Better Community which is organizing a campaign against the planned expansion of Walmart Supercenter. They have submitted to the Milpitas Planning Commission over 300 letters and cards in opposition to the project. The Milpitas Community Breakfast program will be held in the church sanctuary of Sunnyhills United Methodist Church. Coffee, tea, juice, and donuts will be served. The breakfast is open to anyone who has an interest in the issue affecting the City of Milpitas.
Milpitas Walmart store at 301 Ranch Drive proposes a planned addition of approximately 18,457 square feet of building area. 65 workers will be impacted at the SaveMart store located at 215 W. Calaveras Boulevard. "I'm concerned that the residents might lose their jobs as a result of this expansion," said Erik Larsen, Lay Leader, Sunnyhills United Methodist Church. Larsen has also been appointed by Milpitas City Council to be an alternate Milpitas Planning Commission member in January. "As a planning commissioner, I have made a commitment to engage in a fair process on the Walmart issue," he said.
"If Walmart were to expand and sell groceries, produce, meat and other products, my store would have the greatest impact of most of the stores around. It would take sales away from the SaveMart that I work at," said Arthur Balangue, member of the coalition group, who has been in the grocery business for over 30 years.
"Commenting on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has ended. Our next step is to prepare Final EIR and staff is tentatively looking at a planning commission hearing date for this project sometime in February. Expansion of the existing Walmart store also includes extending their use permit to add sales of grocery items, sales of alcohol and store hours of operation to 24 hours," said Cindy Hom, the city's assistant planner. "We are no longer accepting comments for the EIR but you can still submit a comment on the project," said Hom. For more information call on the project call (408) 586-3284 or visit www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov.
Milpitas Community Breakfast
Saturday, January 9
Sunnyhills United Methodist Church
355 Dixon Landing Road, Milpitas