CIBOLO, Texas – City Council members voted 5-2 to approve Walmart's plan to open a new store in Cibolo. Two issues were discussed Tuesday night.
The first was issue that was approved gave Walmart a plat, meaning Walmart has an address where the store will be built.
The site selected by Walmart is located across from Wiederstein Elementary School and the Bentwood Ranch subdivision, and near the Falcon Ridge subdivision and Everyday Fellowship Christian Church on North Main Street.
Residents of the Bentwood Ranch and Falcon Ridge subdivisions oppose the store's proposed location because of concerns over traffic safety, its proximity to a school, and fear of increased crime in their neighborhoods.
The second issue approved the 380 agreement. The proposed agreement would require the retailer to pay $3.7 million for infrastructure improvements, mainly to Borgfeld Road.
In exchange, the city would reimburse Walmart $2.89 million, which would come from a portion of the city's sales tax revenues generated by the store.
According to City Manager Robert Herrera, the city will reimburse Walmart for the infrastructure improvements over a 13-year period.
The upgrades in the 380 agreement include widening Borgfeld Road to four lanes between Cibolo Valley Drive and North Main Street, installing a right turn lane and traffic signal at the intersection of Borgfeld Road and Cibolo Valley Drive, the replacement and lowering of a water line along Borgfeld Road, and the rerouting of an electrical power line along Borgfeld Road.
Other details in the agreement include restrictions on truck routes. Walmart's delivery trucks would be prohibited from using routes that go through and are near neighborhoods, including Bentwood Ranch Drive and the portion of Cibolo Valley Drive North of Borgfeld Road.
Trucks would have to take FM 1103 to North Main Street or the southern portion of Cibolo Valley Drive to access the store.
Herrera said truck deliveries would be prohibited at the store site from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the drop-off and pickup times for students at nearby Wiederstein Elementary.
In addition, Walmart would put in landscape buffering along Borgfeld Road, adhere to noise restrictions between 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. and prohibit the overnight parking of trucks in its parking lot.
"We're really excited to come to Cibolo and bring economic development and be a part of the community," said Anne Hatfield, director of communications for Walmart.