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‘Say No to Solo’ Delivers 7,100 Signatures to the County Council

Leaders of the Say No to Solo Coalition delivered boxes of petitions signed by Baltimore County residents Monday.

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.

Michelle A. Corbett August 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Thanks BrownGirl71! I find it hard that KW and RiesterstownMan both want to state that the mall is 'dead' and therefore ceases to need or warrant any improvement. Doesn't anyone remember Hunt Valley being 'dead'?? It was horrendous also. A black hole really. And OM Mall isn't out of the way and has direct access from businesses and home build right there. 795 dumps right into the parking lot!! So yes, the developers are and have slacked - doesn't mean that putting Weigman's there or or any other great staple store can't bring it back. As I stated before - Hunt Valley has shown it can be done. And by the way - I do live and work and shop in the area - can each of you say all of that?? I also have a friend with a business in the mall - so I see what needing to support local business means. If folks would stop fighting the thought and telling anyone that will listen that the mall is a lost cause and that they don't even try to patronize it anymore - then the down hill spiral is partly on their shoulders. I don't like to go there, it doesn't feel good these days, but I still try to show that something should be done. That's part of the problem these days, everyone wants something brand new instead of trying to build up what needs help.
Chuck Burton August 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Michelle Corbett, I'm sorry for your friend in the mall - she or he deserves better. Not many people want to go there anymore. Yes, 795 dumps right into the parking lot, but only if traffic follows a few signs - otherwise the Mall is invisible - out of sight, out of mind. And even the owners say they want to tear down all but the two department stores and build everything else anew - but they haven't shown anything but talk about really doing so. That is why I think it would be better to redevelop it as a kind of extension of Mr. Brown's Metro Centre (and I'm not really his fan). There is already the Carefirst office complex and the restaurants and movieplex, and a modest apartment group - it could all be added to. Then there would be even more need for the things that Foundry Row would offer, not all that far away. Tied together with a gradual redevelopment of the S. Dolfield business park, we might have the beginning of a real community like Towson or White Marsh.
kim August 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The question I have is why doesn't Wegmans not want to come to the mall? Especially it was reported there were plans to redevelop an open air mall there? I believe it has more to do with the subway than anything else. I am for a Wegmans in this community as the next person. I don't really understand. Owings Mills is Owings Mills. We are only talking about a few miles.
Chuck Burton August 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
The Metro (subway) is only a bit farther from Foundry Row than it is from the Mall, and would actually be a way for some workers and shoppers to get to Wegmans; so I doubt that has anything to do with their rejection of the Mall.
ReisterstownMAN August 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Why would WEGMANS want to go to a mall that has shown no revitalization in the past 20 or so years... The mall property owners stated months ago they are starting work and ground breaking ASAP. Have you seen anything take place accept more stores closing? Why would a WEGMANS want to go to a mall that takes nothing into consideration and want to control others from building in different areas around the county. The mall is dead and there is no bringing it back. There are no plans for anything to happen there and it wont for many more years.

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