July 28, 2014

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Avon Wal-Mart plans expansion

AVON — The Avon Wal-Mart is looking to expand, and the city of Avon wants to cash in.

Ron Mosby, a Wal-Mart spokesman, said the store intends to use the former Murphy Oil gas station property to expand by an additional 38,000 square feet by summer or fall of 2009.

The expansion would allow the store to grow from its current 152,000 square feet to a 190,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter that would provide groceries and be open 24 hours a day.

Wal-Mart had previously been limited by the city’s 30 percent green space requirement and was restricted to build on only 1 percent of its available land before the additional two acres that were being leased by Murphy Oil from Wal-Mart became available.

Jim Piazza, Avon’s planning coordinator, said Wal-Mart hasn’t submitted plans to the city.

“I assume they’re going to rip out the black top so they can add more green space,” he said. “That’s the only way they can do it if they’re going to expand.”

Avon Mayor Jim Smith said Council will consider adding tax increment financing (TIF) to the project, which could net the city more than $18,000 a year to put toward roads, bridges and other permanent improvements.

“That’s the only piece of land that we didn’t TIF in the area,” Smith said.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 329-7129 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.