MIAMI-The city’s architectural advisory panel issued a blow to proponents of the Walmart project in downtown Miami when it rejected the mega-retailer’s design plan.

The Urban Development Review Board unanimously denied the Walmart permit application on Wednesday for its 156,000-square-foot store to be built along North Miami Ave. between Northeast 30th and 31st streets, according to the Miami Herald.

Walmart officials declined an offer by the review board to rework its plans and return for a future hearing.

“We’re just at a point where the project is taking way too long,” Walmart attorney Alfredo Gonzalez said, adding that contractual obligations demand the project move forward immediately. See story in the Miami Herald.