LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A judge today blocked construction of a Walmart in
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman ruled that the city acted “in a manner not authorized by law” when it approved plans for the Walmart superstore.
The Burbank City Council approved the Walmart in February 2012 at the site of a former Sears The Great Indoors store in the
Opponents of the project sued, contending that having a Walmart at the site would violate a zoning law banning grocery stores in the center. They also maintained the location lacks required parking and that the city failed to complete traffic mitigation required by law in order to relieve congestion and gridlock.
A different judge last year issued an injunction blocking any construction on the project and suspending building permits. That injunction was lifted earlier this year, but Walmart opted not to resume work on the store while the lawsuit was pending.
Walmart officials have said the project would create construction and retail jobs and generate needed tax revenues for the city, along with providing affordable shopping options.
“We feel they used their money and influence to circumvent the rules that protect our community, and thankfully the court has held them to account, preserving our city and the integrity of our laws and neighborhoods,” Ingalsbee said.
The decision came one day before a series of planned protests across the country calling for better wages for Walmart workers. The