Big-Box Dropped from Portland Redevelopment Project

Date: 24 Feb 2005 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Responding to intense public pressure, developers in a three-way competition to redevelop a site on the east side of Portland, Oregon, have dropped plans to include big-box retail in their projects. The Portland Development Commission has been considering proposals to redevelop five city blocks at the base of the Burnside Bridgehead east of the Willamette River.… Read More

Irish Government Relaxes Big-Box Ban

Date: 14 Jan 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Under pressure from Ikea, Wal-Mart, and Costco, the Irish government has relaxed its seven-year-old cap on the size of retail stores. The changes apply to certain areas of Dublin and eight other towns. The cap, which was adopted on a temporary basis in 1998 and made permanent in 2001, restricted stores selling food (including hypermarkets, which sell both food and non-food merchandise) to no more than 3,500 square meters (38,000 square feet) in Dublin and 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) throughout the rest of the country.… Read More

Homer, Alaska, Restricts Large Retail Stores

Date: 23 Dec 2004 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After two years of consideration—including a review by a city council-appointed task force, numerous public hearings, and a voter referendum—the town of Homer, Alaska, has adopted an ordinance that limits stores to no more than 45,000 square feet and requires retail development projects larger than 15,000 square feet to undergo a community impact review. Homer has a population of about 5,000 and is located on the Kenai Peninsula. … Read More

California court voids approvals for two big-box projects

Date: 15 Dec 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a ruling that could have broad implications, a California appeals court this week nullified zoning approvals given to two big-box shopping centers by the city of Bakersfield. The court held that the environmental impact reports (EIRs) prepared for the projects were insufficient and did not adequately address the potential for urban decay and associated ecological effects that could be caused by extensive new retail development. The ruling orders the city to complete new impact studies and public hearings, and reconsider the projects. … Read More

Big-Box Ballot Initiatives: Wins & Losses

Date: 9 Nov 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Voters in Hudson, Ohio—a community of 23,000 people thirty miles southeast of Cleveland—overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that would have opened the way for big-box stores and allowed developers to skirt the town’s development review process. "We are ecstatic," said Liz Murphy, owner of the Learned Owl bookstore and member of Smart Growth Hudson, a citizens group that formed to defeat the initiative.… Read More

Austin Study Says City Pays Price for Big-Boxes

Date: 8 Oct 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A coalition of organizations in Austin, Texas, released a report this week that concludes that big-box retailers impose significant costs on the community. It recommends that the city scrutinize big-box projects more thoroughly and adopt a long-range plan to strengthen locally owned businesses. The report reviews and refutes several of the findings of another big-box study commissioned by the city and released in June.… Read More

NYC’s Newsstands Fight Corporate Takeover

Date: 4 Oct 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Newsstand owners in New York City have filed a legal challenge to a new law that would transfer ownership of the city’s 300 independent newsstands to a single corporation. Under the law, which was backed by the mayor and endorsed by all but three city councilors, the eclectic newsstands will be replaced by identical kiosks under central ownership. Five companies, including JCDecaux, which manages "street furniture" in 3,500 cities worldwide, are bidding for the contract. … Read More

Supreme Court May Limit Land Seizure for Private Development

Date: 30 Sep 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case early next year that could set new limits on the ability of cities to condemn and take property for private redevelopment projects. There have been many cases in recent years where local governments have seized homes and small businesses to make way for chain retail development. In downtown Port Chester, New York, for example, bulldozers are currently leveling a 27-acre site that once housed numerous small businesses.… Read More

Maryland County Mandates Smaller Stores

Date: 16 Aug 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Calvert County, Maryland, has enacted regulations limiting retail stores to 120,000 square feet in the town of Prince Frederick, 75,000 square feet in three other towns, and 25,000 square feet in the rest of the county. The regulations block Wal-Mart’s plans to double the size of its 97,000-square-foot Prince Frederick store, the only Wal-Mart in the county, and to build a new supercenter in the town of Dunkirk.… Read More

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