I am writing regarding the ill-advised proposal to build a Walmart in Westerville Square Shopping Center.

I am writing regarding the ill-advised proposal to build a Walmart in Westerville Square Shopping Center.

Residents who live in the north end of town did not want a Walmart there and, likewise, south end residents do not want a Walmart with its undesirable traffic in the south end of Westerville. There is already a miniature quasi-Walmart in the West Park Plaza on Huber Village Boulevard and the out-oftown traffic it draws is less than desirable.

While the central part of Westerville Square Center is vacant, it is not blighted and the present condition is certainly more desirable than a Walmart and the out-of-town traffic that it would bring with it. There are no Walmarts in similar central locations in Worthington, Upper Arlington or Dublin, for good reason. It would also be very ill-advised to have one in central south Westerville.

In addition, it would be a tragedy to put Westerville traditions like Roush Hardware in business jeopardy. And a Walmart in the proposed location would substantively degrade south end residential property values.

City council and other city officials have beat the drum concerning plans to "boot-strap-up" and enhance the South State Street corridor image. A Walmart would destroy that concept.

One planning commission member was recently quoted in a local newspaper to the effect that the commission only looks at technical zoning and lot specifications and does not consider aesthetic value. Well, someone better consider aesthetic value because it is far and away the most important factor.

It is time for city council, the planning commission and the development director to shut down Walmart considerations and to pro-actively work with the Westerville Square owner to attract desirable, quality businesses and retailers that would enhance the area and the community. There is no reason to continue to accept the mundane in Westerville.