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  • Wal-Mart has decided to back off its plan to build Colorado’s first Neighborhood Market, saying it wants to focus more exclusively on its superstore plans for the state.

    The company had planned to build a 39,000 square foot Neighborhood Market in the Highlands Garden Village in the Denver area. But, more than 6,000 signatures have been gathered on a petition looking to stop the development.

    Highlands Garden Village is described as “a mixed-use development consisting of environmentally responsible ("green") single-family houses, townhouses, market rate and affordable senior and multifamily apartments, cohousing, office and retail spaces, set within a pedestrian friendly fabric of parks and walkways. The proximity of different uses encourages people to walk; the location near downtown and on bus lines improves travel convenience at reduced cost.

    “The environmental and social qualities of the plan begin with its urban infill location. Its place-making master plan, broad mix of uses, "green" public realm, and "green" buildings provide a model for the re-use of vacated urban sites including declining malls, brownfields and other infill sites.”

KC's View:
We applaud Wal-Mart’s backing away from where it is not wanted.