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Big fight against big box store in Scripps Ranch

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A developer has proposed putting in a giant retail center on Carroll Canyon Road, but neighbors don't want it, and are working hard to put a stop to it.

The property at Carroll Canyon and Interstate 15 is an eyesore, and developers believe the answer is Walmart.

Thomas McMeekan is a Scripps Ranch resident who doesn't like that idea, and he's not alone.

"It's going to slow the traffic on 15, as well as make the exit on Carroll Canyon unusable for most of us," McMeekan said.

A church bought the property about a decade ago, with plans to hold services and classes there. But instead, they stayed at their old location, leaving behind buildings occasionally used for police training. It's mostly just become a dilapidated, boarded up mess.

"It's a big improvement to have somebody on that property, use that property, it fits in with all this and we believe it will," resident Ron Currie said.

Currie supports the current plan, even though he's arguably one of the most impacted.

"We're right next door to it. We're the closest," he said.

He's met with the developer, and says the plan calls for the big box store to be built toward the back of the property with underground parking. There will also be a dozen or so smaller stores in the front, right off Carroll Canyon Road.

"I think it'll be too much for that corner. It'll wreck that corner," a resident said.

Residents say traffic is already bad, and fear a huge store like Walmart will only bring more traffic, backing up cars on the 15, leading to more drivers speeding through their quiet streets to bypass it.

"I like Walmart, I go to walmart. I have nothing against it at all, I just don't think that's a good place for it," a resident said.

The property is currently zoned for office space, and it will take a city council vote to change that to retail space. It's too early to tell when that vote will take place, because a final environmental impact report must be completed first. That's still at least a couple months away.

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association has more details on the proposed development.

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