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Officials Protest as Wal-Mart Encroaches on Civil War Site

Plans to build a Wal-Mart and parking lot near a historic Civil War battlefield has spurred a bi-partisan protest from Virginia's top officials.
July 17, 2009, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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Officials are calling on the retailer to find a new site for its 138,000-square-foot store and parking lot. They have pledged state government resources to help find a new location.

"'We strongly encourage your Board to work closely with Wal-Mart to find an appropriate alternative site for the proposed retail center in the vicinity of the proposed site yet situated outside the boundaries of Wilderness Battlefield and out of the view of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park,' says Monday's letter co-signed by [Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine (D) and House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R)]. In their letter, Kaine and Howell also offered state resources in helping to work out an alternative."

Thanks to The City Fix

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Published on Thursday, July 16, 2009 in The Washington Post
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