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POLL: Should Foundry Row Go To Referendum?

Opponents of a proposed retail center at the vacant Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills say they plan to bring the issue to referendum. What do you think?

When the Baltimore County Council in Owings Mills for retail last week, the battle did not end, at least for the

Although much of the community , the leader of the coalition, Shirley Supik, said she plans to bring the issue to referendum.

Developer Greenberg Gibbons is proposing a that would be anchored by a Wegmans, include several national retailers and 40,000 square feet of office space. Supik's group, and other opponents, claim the development would at an already burdened intersection and derail plans to .

Do you think Foundry Row should go to referendum? Vote in the poll and tell us in the comments.

Buck Harmon September 07, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Why did the mall fail so miserably?
Paulette G. September 08, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Thank you for the people who answered my question about what is so great about Wegmans. As for the comments that imply that I should not have an opinion simply because I have not heard of this store before - that's why I asked. I spent fifteen minutes today sitting in traffic between Owings Mills Blvd. and Painters Mills because Reisterstown Road was so backed up, and this was at 2:30pm. That's why I think traffic patterns need adjustment before adding a major shopping area. I live here, that's why I think I have the right to an opinion. Wegmans sounds like a wonderful store, one which I will probably venture a trip to Hunt Valley to try. I stand by what I said though, one store cannot bring salvation to an entire city. This entire area needs much more than one upscale grocery store to establish itself as a shopping destination. Once again, thank you to those who politely answered why Wegmans is better than the average grocery store and why it would be a wonderful addition to the area.
Ann Menam September 24, 2012 at 01:13 PM
@Paulette - I have to disagree with your statement that one store cannot bring salvation to an entire city. Wegman's can. A store like Wegman's changes the complexion of the shopping district in an area. Once Wegman's moves in, there is typically a natural pull for other "upscale" retailers to consider the area. My only fear is that the crime in Owings Mills (which was a huge negative impacting the once thriving and somewhat upscale (back in the day when they had SAKS Fifth Avenue) mall) will ultimately cause the decline and eventual closing of any store that attempts to make Owings Mills an attractive place to shop and live. Some have blamed the crime on the subway (easy access for criminals traveling to Owings Mills to commit crime), others on the community residents but regardless, until something is done to deter the crime rate in Owings Mills, I am afraid that whatever improvements are made will eventually be offset by high crime causing Owings Mills to fall into the same despair as the Owings Mills Mall. Since the mall was built, the neighborhood has completely changed and the crime rate has gone through the roof. In fact, it was the rising crime that caused many "law abiding citiizens" to flee the Randallstown/Owings Mills area. They sold their homes at a "steal" just to escape. Now they are gone and the new inhabitants are consistently driving the crime rate higher and higher. Sad state of affairs there.
Buck Harmon September 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
The problem with Owings Mills is the poor quality of housing development that has been allowed over the last 20 years. When plastic shacks are thrown up built to the lowest standards allowable by law the entire community suffers while greed driven developers prosper...for a while...once the fad fades and the communities begin to show signs of wear, the downward spiral begins. Most plastic shacks aren't worth the price originally paid for them and as they begin to fall apart, the cost to maintain or restore them is really hard to justify in terms of value. When a large percentage of a community that is distressed by housing costs struggles, perceived high end shopping opportunities are destine to fail....just as the mall did. More of the same will only repeat the cycle...wishful thinking is positive though...
Chuck Burton September 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Ann, crime is everywhere. It's the result of an economic climate fostered by people who want to see the return of Feudalism, with the lords and ladies of wealth trickling down dribs and drabs to the serfs who are "beneath " them. And even if such a climate didn't exist, some would want to steal the from their brethren to attain the easy life they dream of. The poor quality of housing that Buck Harmon talks about below is just symptomatic.

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