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Proposed Bel Air Walmart Site Plan Released

Some members of the Bel Air community are rallying in opposition of Walmart's proposed move to Bel Air.

A meeting seeking community input on a proposed 185,706 sq. ft. is scheduled to take place next week and some members of the community are already voicing opposition to the project.

Advertising for the meeting, scheduled to take place July 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at , was originally printed in The Aegis before Harford County Planning and Zoning was aware of it.

The meeting has since been announced on the county's web site along with a proposed site plan, which you can find attached to this article.

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The plan outlines a 185,706 sq. ft. building at the southwest corner of the intersection of Plumtree Road and Emmorton Road, or MD Route 924. It also includes a proposed extension of Blue Spruce Drive and several acres designated for future development. The front of the building would face away from Plumtree Road toward a parking lot about the same size as the building.

"The purpose of this meeting is for the Applicant to provide information to the community regarding the proposed commercial development (including draft plans for the site layout), and to allow citizens to ask questions and make comments and suggestions," the legal ad states.

In March of 2011, Walmart representatives told Patch the chain was considering to the 33.7-acre lot.

Based on preliminary discussions, Walmart plans to build a superstore at the new location and sell the current building located in , a Walmart employee told Patch last year.

It remains unclear whether closing the Abingdon store is part of the current plan. In addition to the Abingdon store, there are also Harford County Walmart locations in Aberdeen and Fallston.

The plan for the Bel Air location was met with backlash from the community at back in 2011, with residents along the Route 924 corridor holding meetings and expressing opposition to .

The opposition base remains strong against Walmart, with one online petition gaining 400 signatures.

There is also a video on YouTube.com called "Stop Walmart Bel Air" which includes musical lyrics that oppose Walmart in a small town. The video is also attached to this article.

Does Harford County need another Walmart? Leave a comment.

Richard S*****r July 19, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I think we should be more upset at this http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/harford/news/ph-ag-route22-intersections-0629-20120627,0,7769756,full.story instead of Wal Mart building on a parcel already surrounded by other businesses.
jennifer allen July 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
There goes the neighborhood! This Walmart will bring the housing values down in an already poor market. Good Luck with anyone trying to sell their house! The only good thing that isn't going to change is the fact that Bel Air has great schools!
Richard S*****r July 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Please show some evidence that Wal Mart causes home values to go down. Is this another reference to Wal Mart only attracting the filth of the earth to shop there? If so I will read between the lines of your comment to see you wish not to associate yourself with us lesser class people.
BACitizen August 01, 2012 at 06:40 PM
The property on Plumtree was rezoned some years ago. At that time people had the opportunity to dispute the rezoning. Walmart wouldn't be an issue now if they had disputed the rezoning. Walmart has the room to expand at their current location but are prohibited because of a covenant that doesn't expire until 2018. The covenant was put in by the owner of the Weis Store that is no longer open at that location. I believe the Weis store owner has been approached about voiding that covenant but has refused to do so. I also oppose the Walmart at Plumtree for numerous reasons. I believe that a number of the County Council oppose this location also but are unable to voice their opinion because of certain laws & regulations. Also the County Council does NOT receive any compensation from Walmart or any other entity. Yes Walmart sells mostly cheap goods made in other countries. This is mostly due to NAFTA that was signed into effect by Bill Clinton in 1992 during his 2nd term in office. American garment makers & other industries couldn't compete with the slave labor practicies of China & other countries. Thus American companies were closed & millions of jobs were lost. These are FACTS & not made up ideas because I oppose the relocation of Wamart. Do a little research & you might get to the real truth. We voted in our officials & I think most of them try to do what's best for our community. But sometimes their hands are tied by laws, regulations & higher-ups.
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