Activists fighting the proposed in Owings Mills delivered petitions signed by more than 7,000 Baltimore County residents to the Baltimore County Council Monday afternoon.
Officials from Say No To Solo brought a box for each council member that contained copies of approximately 7,100 signatures of Baltimore County residents who are opposed to Foundry Row, the Wegmans-anchored development Greenberg Gibbons hopes to build at the Solo Cup site on Reisterstown Road. County Council chairwoman Vicki Almond will receive the original petitions, and the other council members will receive copies.
“Vicki Almond kept saying right from the beginning there is no opposition,” said Shirley Supik, leader of the Say No to Solo Coalition. “…I am hoping that the other six members of the council will look at that and say ‘people have spoken out, this should not be a done deal.’”
Supik cites traffic and environmental issues as well as a need for more public process among her concerns. She is critical of developer Greenberg Gibbons for not releasing a traffic study, and instead releasing a that has been conducted. Greenberg Gibbons officials say they will release the study during the development process.
While Say No to Solo has been collecting signatures at shopping centers on Reisterstown Road and using its Facebook page to spread its message, Greenberg Gibbons started its own Facebook page to drum up support for Foundry Row and refute what it says is misleading information from the opposition.
“A petition with clearly misleading information aimed at stopping Wegmans and Foundry Row is being distributed in the Owings Mills area,” read a post from July 20. “After months of push polls, robo-calls and mailers failed to generate support for their special interest group, they have resorted to a deceptive petition.”
There were approximately 2,500 more signatures from residents outside of Baltimore County, Jeff Supik, Shirley’s husband, said.