HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Walmart is making a second attempt at getting approval for a new store in Hillsboro, ten years after their initial proposal was turned down.
Walmart owns a large parcel of land at the intersection of Cornelius Pass Road and Baseline Road. In 2003 the company tried to gain approval to build a 140,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter there, but the city denied it after protests from the community.
Company officials said they learned from that experience and now they've scaled down their plans to a 50,000-square-foot market that would serve as an anchor for other retail businesses and an apartment complex.
"It's really a neighborhood feel," said Walmart spokeswoman Deborah Herron. "It's a grocery store with a couple of retail developments and some additional residential, which neighbors wanted, along with green space."
Monday night, the community got to weigh in on the idea at a public meeting. Some area residents were still skeptical, while others were warming up to the new concept.
"What do we need another grocery store for?" Neighbor Sarah Carlisle asked. "We have plenty of stuff here, there's no need for it."
"I like to save money. I think everyone gets a raise. I like Walmart," said area resident Leslie, who didn't want to give his last name.
The parcel of land currently remains empty.