In less than four months, the Say No To Solo Coalition has sprung up to lead the opposition against in Owings Mills from manufacturing to retail.
The group's funding , although some suggest it's backed by the Owings Mills Mall developer, and its politically connected public relations firm, .
Find what Patch readers had to say after yesterday's story below:
--"This whole opposition is a sham. If you live here, you want this Wegman's and welcome the redevelopment of Reisterstown Rd. It has been eyesore for years." -
--"What is the rush to push Solo development through? How about let's say we finish the 2 major projects that need to be finished in the area: Metro Center and the Mall redev. Then, if people are still clamoring for MORE development, go forward with that [...] It's not like doing the Solo project is now or never." -
--"Obviously suspicious, has been from the begining. I'm thankful this will be over in a couple of days and Ms. Supik can go back to Randallstown after she closes the Post Office Box in Pikesville for her "non-profit" coalition fighting against progress in Owings Mills. Where I live." -
--"Here's the deal: Kimco has been sitting on the mall for years, doing nothing. The developers of the proposed Foundry Square have a track record of on-time and under budget. The proposed road construction actually advances long overdue road work in the area in a way that will reduce congestion even accounting for the increased traffic. The developers of Foundry Square also have offered to buy the OM mall from Kimco if Kimco won't develop it and develop it themselves. It's time for action." -
What do you think? Should developers be able to bankroll supposed grassroot community coalitions?