Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/10/2012 05:00:35 PM PST
FONTANA – Retail giant Walmart’s decision to build two supercenters here already is drawing some opposition – even though those stores might not open until 2016, or even later.
One of the nearly 200,000-square-foot supercenters is set for south of the 210 Freeway at Sierra Avenue with the other planned south of the 10 Freeway near the intersection of Sierra and Slover avenues.
“I can’t believe that a traffic study would support that kind of development,” said Frank Scialdone, a former Fontana mayor and police chief. “If there is one accident (by the Sierra Avenue overpass), traffic is backed up for hours. “This would be a traffic nightmare.”
Scialdone’s neighborhood, Presley Estates, is near the proposed southside supercenter. In 2006, the neighborhood mobilized against the prospect of a Home Depot being built nearby.
Even after hiring a lawyer to help their fight, the neighborhood group lost.
The Home Depot was built at 16783 Santa Ana Ave.
“I was in the forefront. I got people to pony up money for the attorney,” said Paul Hernandez, of that past battle with City Hall.
Now, almost 70 – and with a pacemaker he did not have in 2006 – Hernandez said he’s not going to take up an organizational role again, although he’s against the new Walmart Supercenter near his home.
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