A proposal to change Atlanta’s long-term plans by allowing a Walmart and mixed-use development to be built on more than 21 acres of land in the Lindbergh area of south Buckhead fell short Monday by one vote in the City Council. Later that afternoon, Mayor Kasim Reed said the city needs jobs but declined to wade further into a contentious debate.
“In the toughest economic climate since the Great Depression, Walmart has been a valued partner bringing much needed jobs and development to the city of Atlanta,” Reed said in a statement. “Today, a majority of the Atlanta City Councilmembers decided against a specific project. I respect the legislative process.”
Monday’s vote effectively puts the planned $90 million project on ice.