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Solo Cup Community Input Meeting Set for Feb. 11

Baltimore County will hold a community input meeting about the Foundry Row project at New Town High School on Monday, Feb. 11.

Area residents will have another chance to voice their concerns to Baltimore County and developers at a community input meeting for the Foundry Row project next month.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 11 a community input meeting on the development, a $140 million retail and business center to be built at the vacant Solo Cup plant, will be held at New Town High School. County officials will be at the meeting at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions prior to the meeting.

At a public concept meeting in January, residents asked developers about traffic, the mix of retailers and road improvements. Little time was spent discussing the signatures submitted by two groups backed by opposing developers asking the county to bring its zoning decisions to referendum.

“We believe we have every legal right – the county also believes we have every legal right – to process this plan,” David Gildea, attorney for Foundry Row developer Greenberg Gibbons, said at the January meeting.

Buck Harmon January 30, 2013 at 01:21 PM
“We believe we have every legal right – the county also believes we have every legal right – to process this plan,” David Gildea, attorney for Foundry Row developer Greenberg Gibbon... Well damn...if the developer believe it~and the County believe it doesn't much matter what the citizens believe it this point...perhaps a pointless pacifier...
Buck Harmon January 30, 2013 at 01:25 PM
When an attorney, developer and the County make up their mind it doesn't matter what the people think....history in Baltimore Co. repeats this process time and again..
Chuck Burton January 30, 2013 at 03:18 PM
The developers who are trying to put through the idea of voters having a say on this development had better watch out. This could come around and bite them in the butt on their own plans in the future.
linda February 11, 2013 at 03:09 PM
1 was approached several times for signature when i said i was not interested i was told that the petition had nothing to do with foundry row . they will say anything to get a signature including outright lying like these petitions . people do not read what they sign just sign per what the person says which is anything to get your name on the petitions . this is not anything new when i have been approached re other petition and they did the same thing .
Buck Harmon February 11, 2013 at 04:10 PM
People are responsibile for their own actions regarding the signing of a petition...If many that sign are duped...so be it ..an accurate depiction of the make up of the community...that's the real issue in need of address..
michael mooney February 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
wish I could attend but can't be in two places at once. Any attende may carry my voice in favor of the continued development of this site as planned. The one thing we do not need on this corner is yet another perpetually abandoned eyesore. If the developers of metro center are concerned about it they should have bough the property a long time ago. Location, location, location.. Now the mall? - just knock it down and forget it. It will never prosper as it is in a horrid location to pull traffic, exceedingly poorly run and maintained and has no store to attract the public. Even the anchor store JCP is failing both as a store and as a company
Tom Hope February 12, 2013 at 02:21 AM
It was an informative meeting. It only dealt with the project concepts. There was no discussion regarding the rezoning or any petitions. The majority of the questions seemed to focus on the impact on the Reisterstown road & Painters Mill road intersection. All that expressed an opinion towards the project expressed a positive opinion for Foundry Row. I took from the meeting that the Developer is building a retail space that they plan to own and maintain and build it in a fashion that it will be a benefit to the community. Looking at similar projects they have done in the state, they have addressed community impact and made that a factor in the development. I am looking forward to Foundry Row being completed as it was presented at this meeting.
Chuck Burton February 12, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I was at the meeting, and hope the project goes through, and as soon as possible. It is central to the Owings Mills development node along Reisterstown Rd from Valley Center to O M Blvd. Something will eventually go into that property, and this seems to be a responsible and highly progressive project, which is doing its best to fit into the community, and alleviate as many of the traffic problems as it is able to do, within it's boundries. Critics need to lobby Annapolis for an overall relief of the Reisterstown Rd traffic situation, and be willing to pay the bill. It will be expensive. Otherwise, we live with it. That's the choice we have.

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