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Is Walmart deal dead?

By Sherri Ellington The 67.217 acres of city property on Roberta Drive that was rezoned from agricultural to highway commercial last month has now been designated as an industrial development area. Barnesville city council made the change, meant to facilitate sale and development of the property with the purpose of economic development, at its June 4 meeting. ‘This provides Barnesville the widest range of options in facilitating that process,’ said city manager Kenny Roberts. Rezoning was originally done for a proposed Walmart but that deal reportedly fell through when the developers looking to buy the property could not strike a deal to buy 1.77 acres that would give it fourlane access. The former site of a proposed agricultural center that was never developed ended up in Barnesville’s hands in a complicated land swap when the agritourism authority disbanded several years ago. The agreement noted the city must use the site for economic development.

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