Orange Supervisors Reject Planning Study Request for Super Walmart Area

Posted: Updated: April 30, 2009 03:33 AM EDT

Wal-Mart has won a battle in its bid to build a Supercenter near a Civil War battlefield in Orange County. The Orange County  Board of Supervisors rejected a coalition's request to join a planning study for an area near the Wilderness battlefield.

A majority of the five supervisors said they considered the offer an attempt to delay or derail the store. They relayed their sentiments in a letter this week to Civil War preservationists.

Wal-Mart's plans have angered historians, who contend the store will be too close to a significant battleground. The company just recently submitted revised plans for the store.

Planners have yet to vote on the proposal.

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