Broadway District Controversy
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- It started with a proposal to build a Walmart on Broadway, but small business owners say that's just the tip of the iceberg. They're using that as an example to draw attention to what they say is the real issue.
Broadway street is lined with small businesses, but many who own them are upset saying there's a lack of communication between the On Broadway Inc. board of directors and the businesses and they're using Walmart as an example.
"Even if it's being a consideration people should be made aware of it because you don't want this to move along too far where it can't be reversed," said interior designer for Designs of the Interior, Julia Thomas.
Business owners and city leaders wrote letters to On Broadway Inc. asking for executive director Christopher Naumann and president Greg Larson to resign.
"The board of directors seem to have a totally different agenda than what the business owners have," said owner of String Instrument Workshop, Larry Frye.
Today the board unanimously voted to keep Naumann and Larson in their positions. Naumann says nothing is set in stone. On Broadway Inc. is still waiting for a proposal from Walmart, but input from businesses is welcome.
"This is a process and there will be plenty of windows of opportunity to participate in that process as they are appropriate," said Naumann.
According to Naumann, On Broadway Inc. wasn't trying to keep the Walmart proposal a secret from business owners. They were only waiting until Walmart had a final plan that they could discuss with the businesses.