The Naperville city council recently approved the final plans for a proposed Walmart on 75th Street and Beebe Drive. The incoming store will be a supercenter, which includes groceries, and will replace the current location on Route 59.
While the plan as a whole was approved, council members discussed ways to improve the landscaping, making it more visually appealing like Costco and Whole Foods.
“What I would like to see done there is for Walmart to follow the lead of the other two developments, literally across two streets from them and go above and beyond with the landscaping,” said Councilman Grant Wehrli.
Walmart has received requests from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to protect the nearby Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve and put more native plants in the parking lot. But some councilmen feel Walmart has already done enough.
“We’re trying to have this development go to such a high standard, I’m concerned that we may have the effect that they say ‘you know what, let’s go across the street,’” said Councilman Doug Krause.
The final motion was passed stating Walmart is required to take into consideration recommendations provided by the Forest Preserve and city staff that go beyond a minimal standard. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.
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