Burial Site Could Delay Wal-Mart Development

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New details are coming to light on the controversial building of a second Wal-Mart in Florence, and this new information may slow down the process if opponents have their way.

Coy Bramlett of Florence says in aerial photographs dating back to the 1940's, a rectangular burial site can be seen, “The extended part of the grave site itself is in addition to the actual square walled cemetery."

Bramlett says local geologists have made a startling discovery inside the rectangle shown in the photographs. And it could keep that plot of land Bramlett says, from being covered by asphalt and a new Wal-Mart, "There are depressions of actual burial spots.  And I think there are even more than that there."

According to Bramlett, the Coffee burial site is described in deeds as being one acre in size, and in recent survey maps, that's depicted as a square.

Bramlett contends that one acre is the actual size of the rectangle, "The Barnett family does not own, and legally cannot sell property that they don't have.  And Wal-Mart can't buy a good deed on this property."

And Bramlett hopes the new details he's uncovered will keep a new retail development from becoming his next door neighbor.

Last week the Florence Planning Commission gave preliminary site approval to developers. The Florence City Council is expected to take up the rezoning of property on Cloverdale Road for the development on May 15-th.