Arvada residents pack city council meeting to stop proposed Walmart

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ARVADA, Colo. -- Dozens of residents of Arvada protested in the street and then packed the City Council meeting Monday night to try to stop approval of a proposed Walmart Supercenter.

The number of people who attended the meeting exceeded the building's capacity, and some residents had to listen to the proceedings from outside the council chambers.

Walmart wants to build a new store at Ralston Rd. and Independence.

The developer calls it a "tired" area and says a Walmart at that location would bring a lot of revenue to Arvada.

City planners say they've tried to find a tenant for the property since 2007 and Walmart is the first and only company to express an interest.

Some residents are opposed to Walmart coming in at that location because they're worried about what will happen to the small businesses that are currently there.

Additionally, they expressed concerns about increased traffics, more lighting at night and more noise.

Arvada's planning department has approved the proposed Walmart and the City Council was expected to do the same. But the large group of residents who packed the council meeting hoped to convince city leaders otherwise.

The meeting continued late Monday night.

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