After more than two years of waiting, the Delano Marketplace project has gotten the green light.
The planned development, which would include a Wal-Mart Supercenter, has proven controversial, spurring a pair of lawsuits that claim the project would kill smaller businesses in surrounding communities.
A Kern County Superior Court judge on Friday afternoon dismissed a consolidated lawsuit against the city of Delano and filed by the Citizens for a Better Delano and the city of McFarland. That allows the project to proceed, pending legal appeals.
Delano was required to provide analysis about the project's impact on neighboring cities, including McFarland, and show how it may contribute to urban decay in other areas.
Proponents say the project would bring numerous jobs to the area. Delano Marketplace calls for more than 1.1 million square feet of retail space on 200 acres near Highway 99. A movie theatre, bowling alley and master-planned multi-family residential community are also part of the plans.
Site plan taken from delanomarketplace.com