ELLISVILLE, MO (KPLR) -The city of Ellisville moves ahead with a controversial plan to build a Super Walmart using tax incentives.
The vote comes after a two hour contentious meeting filled with opponents of the plan.
At least 200 Ellisville residents packed the gymnasium at Ellisville Elementary School.
At least 50 speakers expressed opposition to the tax incentive plan for Walmart, while more than a dozen said they were in favor. In the end, the newly elected mayor and council members voted to move ahead with the plan that would put a Super Walmart at the corner of Manchester and Keifer Creek Road.
The developer, the Sansone Group, is proposing a $49 million 150,000 sqaure foot Walmart Super Center.
The plan has become contentious. Ellisville residents have formed a resistance group saying Walmart and Sansone Group should not be given $10 to $15 million in tax incentives.
The project is also under fire because more than 200 residents in the Clarkchester Apartment would be forced from their homes, including the elderly.
Supporters say the Walmart would boost the economy and keep Ellisville competitive with surrounding communities. It would also transform a corner vacated by car dealerships.
Still many residents who showed up are disappointed and fearful of the future.
Ellisville council member are now going to work out some sort of relocation allowance for residents of the Clarkchester Apartments that will be displaced. And now new questions surface, as far as the timeline and how long do residents have before they are pushed out of Ellisville to make room for a new Super Walmart.