Demolition soon to make way for big Wal-Mart store

By Amy Mariani, Times Staff Writer

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Demolition soon to make way for big Wal-Mart store

Large, robotic arms will soon rip away at now-vacant structures on Gandy Boulevard and Lois Avenue to make way for a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Wal-Mart plans to start the demolition by the end of this month and finish building its store by the end of 2010, said spokeswoman Cindi Marsciglio.

Locals are concerned that the megastore will bring too much traffic to the neighborhood.

"We're going to have a congestion problem, and a lot of our members feel that way," said Alan Steenson, president of the Gandy/Sun Bay South Civic Association.

He said residents are worried that increased traffic will send Wal-Mart shoppers through their neighborhoods to avoid traffic on Gandy Boulevard.

The supercenter will be open 24 hours. It will be about 146,000 square feet and create about 300 jobs.


City workshop will get input on recreation, pool upgrades

The city of Tampa is planning a workshop Thursday to get public input on the Davis Islands recreation areas and improvements to Roy Jenkins Pool.

The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Sandra Freeman Tennis Complex, 59 Columbia Drive.

"We're going to look for what the public is looking for," said Linda Carlo, supervisor of the parks and recreation department, which is hosting the workshop.

For more information, call (813) 231-1330.

If you know of news in your community, contact Amy Mariani at or (813) 226-3374.

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