DeKalb group files suit over planned Walmart

A community group hoping to block plans by Walmart to build a Supercenter at Suburban Plaza just north of Decatur filed a suit Friday in DeKalb County Superior Court claiming the county didn’t follow its ordinances in granting a building permit.

Good Growth DeKalb said a Jan. 9 appeal it filed against granting a building permit to Selig Enterprises, which will tear down the plaza to make room for the Walmart, was improperly directed to the Zoning Board of Appeals instead of the county’s Technical Board of Appeals.

The group fought the 149,0000-square foot retail project on grounds that truck, tree and hydrology ordinances were not followed in granting the building permit to Selig. The Zoning Board denied the appeal on Feb. 13.

Walmart officials have said opponents don’t represent the majority of residents who will welcome the estimated 250 to 300 jobs the Arkansas-based retailer will bring to DeKalb.