Aldermen approve Wal-Mart incentives

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 17, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; The name &8220;Wal-Mart&8221; wasn&8217;t officially part of any of the ordinances Vidalia aldermen adopted Tuesday night, but business regarding a proposed new store took up the majority of the meeting.

Aldermen approved ordinances setting a special &8220;economic development rate schedule&8221; to attract new business and pursuing a cooperative endeavor with the store.

Wal-Mart is expected to build a 105,000-square foot SuperCenter on property near the Kaiser Mobil on Carter Street.

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In an upcoming meeting, aldermen likely will also consider annexation of 62 acres of property near the Wal-Mart site into the city limits.

City Attorney Jack McLemore said annexation of property requires a request of neighboring landowners, but he does not expect that to be a problem.

Aldermen also pre-filed an ordinance to change the zoning of the Wal-Mart property from open land to business use. That ordinance would have to be approved at the next aldermen meeting.

Also Tuesday, aldermen approved two leases for property along the riverfront.

A .87-acre plot next to the Riverpark Medical Center will be leased to Twin Oaks LLC to be used for a medical office building.

The city will also lease a 4-acre tract to Promise Specialty Hospital to relocate its long-term acute care hospital, currently located in Ferriday.

Two aldermen requested more information about the project before giving approval.