The city of Monroe had its third court victory Monday when the Washington Court of Appeals upheld two earlier court decisions and gave the green light for Walmart to commence building in Monroe.
A group called Friends of North Kelsey had opposed the building, saying it wasn’t consistent with the design guidelines for the area, and asking the court to enforce a more strict adherence to those guidelines.
“The Washington Court of Appeals overwhelmingly upheld the city council’s approval of the Walmart development agreement, soundly rejecting the numerous arguments that had been raised by the appellant group Friends of North Kelsey,” said Mayor Robert Zimmerman. “While two very minor issues related to the project – lighting and bench seating for certain public areas – will be remanded for additional City Council findings in the near future, all of the large, substantive elements of this development proposal were affirmed by the court.”
That means the way is clear for Walmart to commence with the purchase of the land at North Kelsey and to start the construction process.
“The Court of Appeals’ opinion paves the way for this important project to proceed, and brings the significant economic benefits that will result from this effort one step closer to reality,” said Zimmerman. “The city looks forward to completing its real estate transaction with North Kelsey, LLC, and welcoming Walmart to the Monroe community.”