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Walmart fight takes center stage during meeting at Neville Public Museum

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Protesters gather outside Walmart's neighborhood meeting at Neville Public Museum on May 27, 2014. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).
A look at the latest Walmart rendering released on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (Photo from: Walmart).
Protesters gather outside Walmart's neighborhood meeting at Neville Public Museum on May 27, 2014. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Walmart officials hosted a neighborhood meeting Tuesday evening for possibly the final time before a decision is made about the future of a 15-acre site in downtown Green Bay.

This was the third such meeting Walmart has hosted to discuss their latest 154,000 square foot proposal for the Broadway District.

Dozens of people, who are against the Supercenter proposal, held a protest outside the meeting at the Neville Public Museum.

“Because we don’t need another box sitting downtown on Broadway,” Ryan Welty of Green Bay told FOX 11.

The previous meetings involved the anti-big box store contingent going inside to talk with representatives from Walmart. But this meeting saw opponents staying away from holding a discussion with company officials.

“It’s top shelf and I have nothing to do with the project, but I know my architecture and I believe they’ve done a great job,” Ben Schenkelberg of Suamico told FOX 11.

Most of the changes to this version of the plan are cosmetic, including more windows and a red brick look to the outside of the building.

“We submitted a proposal to the city and that reflects a lot of input from a lot of different people and a lot of different groups, including the people that are outside,” said Walmart spokesperson Lisa Nelson.

The city of Green Bay's plan commission is expected to take up Walmart's request for amending the Planned Unit Development of that site on June 9.

The earliest the city council could take up the decision is June 17th. Last week, the Larsen Green Governing Board approved extending Walmart's purchase agreement through August 25.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).

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