OSHNA Walmart update
Walmart Plans to Build a New Store in Seminole Heights
Walmart Stores has purchased the property at 1720 E Hillsborough Avenue.This property was previously an auto dealer. We recently received notice that they had applied for waivers with the City of Tampa Public Works Transportation Division and those waivers were approved. This was the first and only communication received by the association regarding Walmart.
We have not received any notice of a public hearing on this matter.
There were two applications filed and approved. The first was for two driveways on 19th Street. According to the waiver, the southern driveway is for truck access and the northern driveway is for customer access. The intent of both driveways is to separate customer and truck access while keeping trucks away from the residential neighborhood to the north.There are two existing driveways on this segment of 19th St serving the commercial property of McDonalds and the Erwin Technical Center.
The second application was two fold. First there was a variance granted for two driveways on Mohawk. One driveway will serve as access to the development, whereas the other will serve as a turn-around before vehicles enter the access driveway. The second part of this application proposed a traffic light at 19th St. and Hillsborough Avenue as a safety upgrade. This part of the application was also approved by the city in February.
This property, though not within the historic district is within the Overlay District and will have to conform to those guidelines.
There may or may not be a public hearing in the future in relation to the Walmart development. We will let you know as soon as we receive any further notification.