Walmart to give city $101K to restore trail system, pave street
The corporation will pay $81,000 to complete the south Manchester trail, which runs parallel to South Willow behind the big-box stores on the south side of the street.
Walmart will pay another $20,000 for the resurfacing of John E. Devine Drive, which borders the site to the north.
At Monday's meeting, Ward 3 Alderman Pat Long raised concerns about the appearance of the payments from Walmart.
But Planning Director Leon LaFreniere said that another large store on the street had helped fund the trail.
Ward 4 Alderman Jim Roy, who is a member of the Planning Board, said the funding reflected the input of residents.
It's not unusual for developers to make mitigation payments in the case of projects that might have an adverse impact on local residents.
The project has received its building permits, although Walmart has not indicated when it will start work on the store, according to LaFreniere.
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