Touting a new design with what company officials call "a Northwest feel," retail giant Wal-Mart made public its intention to build a 127,647 square-foot store including a grocery department and garden department facing Mildred Street. The majority of the 646 parking spaces on the 9.45-acre parcel of land would be underground. The land is already zoned for high-volume commercial development, so the company must only apply for a building permit and get city approval to go forward.
host a public hearing on the project in October. Construction could begin next spring,
at the earliest, city officials said. When opened, the store could put thousands of tax dollars in city coffers and create up to 200 jobs.
University Place officials say they are eager to see the development proceed as it could spur redevelopment of the land on the west side of Mildred Street thus bringing more tax dollars to UP. Traffic concerns would, howevever, need to be addressed as the project progresses, UP officials said.