Wal-Mart Cancels Plans Due to Wetlands


June 19, 2008

The Beaufort Gazette

Wal-Mart has withdrawn its application to fill in a third of an acre of critical-area wetlands on Lady’s Island, possibly marking the end of the retailer’s bid to build a 195,000-square-foot store at Airport Junction.

Wal-Mart’s plans for Airport Junction were rejected by Beaufort’s planning director in February and by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals in March, but Wal-Mart submitted an application to the state Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last month, seeking permission to fill in wetlands. Robert Riggs of Charleston-based consulting firm Newkirk Environmental, however, said Wednesday he had contacted those agencies to withdraw Wal-Mart’s wetlands application.

Riggs said he did not know if Wal-Mart was still considering developing Airport Junction.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Tara Stewart said last month Wal-Mart was considering legal options as well as working with the city to reach an agreement that would allow Wal-Mart to build a Lady’s Island store.

Stewart could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


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