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Suburban Plaza Walmart Battle Goes to Court

Credit Selig Enterprises via Medlock Area Neighborhood Association

Advocates fighting construction of a Walmart near the Decatur city limits and the developer that wants to build the store are now fighting the issue in court.

It appears, with the first court hearing last week, that the legal battle over Suburban Plaza could be a long one.

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The issue now pending in court:  whether the group Good Growth DeKalb (GGD) has legal standing to appeal DeKalb County’s decision to issue developer Selig Enterprises a building permit.

The county says GGD has no legal standing. GGD representatives say, even if the organization loses this round in court, it will take the County to court on its primary allegation: that the county violated its own ordinances when it granted Selig the permit.

GGD contends that traffic caused by the Walmart would be too heavy around the shopping center, which sits at the six-point intersection of Scott Boulevard, North Decatur Road, and Medlock Road.

Selig had planned to start construction in June, and its representatives would not comment on the project’s status given the pending litigation. But DeKalb County lawyers said in court Friday that Selig plans include not only Walmart but also a Ross Dress for Less, Joann’s Fabric and Crafts, and a HomeGoods store.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie could issue her ruling on the legal standing issue within a month.