Redlands Crossing

The Good Neighbor Coalition and Occupy Redlands came together to protest Walmart and the proposed supercenter in front of the corporation’s store on Redlands Boulevard, February 29, 2012. An appeals court Thursday denied the appeals filed by community groups in opposition to the proposed supercenter.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/02/15 – 6:52 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Two civil cases filed against the city and Walmart related to a proposed store on the city’s North Side have come to an end.

The Fourth Appellate District court in Riverside has issued opinions denying the appeals filed by community groups in opposition to the proposed Redlands Crossing Center project, which includes plans for a Walmart store to serve as the anchor tenant.

“While I know that the super Walmart project was very controversial in our community, the decision has been made,” said Mayor Paul Foster. “The voters and the court have made their final decision and I’m pleased it is over and done with and that we can move forward and see the project come to fruition.”

The Redlands Good Neighbor Coalition, or RGNC, filed an appeal with the Fourth District Appellate Court challenging a ruling made in July 2013 by a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge that the environmental impact report prepared for the 275,000-square-foot shopping center — to be anchored by a 215,000 square-foot Walmart store — met requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.

The RGNC filed a lawsuit against the city and Walmart Stores, Inc. in November 2012, the month after the City Council approved the project, claiming the City Council approved the project and the environmental impact report without adequately identifying the adverse impact the project could have on its surrounding environment.

Dorene Isenberg, a member of RGNC, said Thursday that this has been an important fight.

“A group of a few leaders and a lot of participants in Redlands have really tried to speak their minds and do what they think is best for Redlands, so it’s been a good effort,” she said. “We’re sorry that it’s come to this end.”

In a separate case, For Accountability in Redlands, or FAIR, filed an appeal in the same court in early 2014 following a decision made in January 2014 by the same superior court judge rejecting their claims that the city violated its own policies in approving the project.

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