Walmart grocery store proposed for Country Club area in Winston-Salem

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ARP Winston-Salem LLC wants the City-County Planning Board to approve the rezoning of 7.5 acres in western Winston-Salem for a commercial development that would include a Walmart grocery store.

The board will hear the case Thursday at its monthly meeting.

The property is on the north side of Country Club Road, east of Meadowlark Drive and adjacent to the Sheetz store that was approved by the Winston-Salem City Council earlier this year.

Gary Roberts, a project planner for the City-County Planning Board, said that the property is already zoned highway business-special use district, but rezoning it to highway business-special use district two-phase will allow for a change in the project’s site plan and for additional uses.

The board’s staff has recommended approval of the project.

“It has been zoned highway business since 1998 and it will provide good connectivity with the adjacent multifamily Brookberry Park (apartments),” Roberts said.

In addition to the 41,179-square-foot grocery store, the development would also have two outparcels.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and ARP Winston-Salem could not be reached for comment Monday.

The board has more than 10 petitions on its agenda for Thursday, including the rezoning of the Nissen Wagon Works complex property circa 1919 in Southwestern Winston-Salem.

The property is on 10.4 acres on the north side of Waughtown Street, the east side of Pleasant Street and the west side of Marble Street. Nissen Wagon Works Properties LLC wants the property rezoned from limited industrial and residential to pedestrian business-general use.

Joe Williams of Nissen Wagon Works Properties declined to comment on the project at this time.

The planning board’s staff has recommended denial of the rezoning.

Aaron King, the principal planner for the planning board, said that the general use zoning request means no restrictions would be placed on the property.

“There’s no way to know how the property will be used,” King said.

He said that the planning staff is concerned that pedestrian business would allow some uses that would not be compatible with the single-family homes that surround the property.

He also said that there are still some original buildings on the site that are historically significant.

“Since this is a general use case, there are no stipulations on there that says the building will be retained or what’s going to happen with it,” King said.

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