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Walmart Rally Message: Keep Abingdon Location

Members of the community turned out Tuesday to show opposition to the proposed Bel Air Walmart location.

At least 75 people joined the Bel Air South Foundation on the parking lot of the Abingdon Walmart in protest of the store's proposed move.

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Walmart has plans to open a new superstore in the area of Route 924 and Plumtree Road in Bel Air. If that store opens, the Abingdon store will close, Walmart representatives told Patch.

Deborah Hall has lived behind the Bright Oaks community near the new store's proposed site for more than a decade, and she is concerned about the traffic Walmart is expected to bring to the area should it move.

She said depending on the time of day, it can take up to a 10 minute wait to make a right hand turn, let alone a left, out of her neighborhood. The Walmart traffic would increase her wait time and could pose a threat to children walking to and from several nearby schools.

"It's much too close to the schools," Hall said.

She said she and many others like her are not against a Walmart in general, but do not want the store at the proposed location in the Bel Air area.

"It's just the wrong location," Hall said.

For more of what Hall and event organizers had to say, see the video attached to this post.

See more:

  • LETTER: Walmart Relocation 'Ill-Conceived'
  • Protest Against Bel Air Walmart Planned Tuesday
  • Harford County Council To Discuss Zoning
  • BLOG: We Don't Want to Lose Our Walmart!
  • BLOG: WalMart's Dirty Shady Scare Tactics
  • Harford County Executive opposed Walmart Move
  • LETTER: Walmart Ignored Public Opposition
  • BLOG: Too Late to Stop Bel Air WalMart?
  • Public Weighs In On Bel Air Walmart
  • Community Meeting on Walmart Tonight
  • Proposed Bel Air Walmart Site Plan Released
  • Walmart Advertises Community Meeting on Move to Bel Air
  • Walmart Move to Bel Air Has Not Progressed
  • Walmart Manager: Abingdon Store Could Move Next Year
  • No More Smoking at Libraries; Why Could Abingdon Walmart Be Moved?
  • Citizens Speak Out Against Walmart to County Council
G D October 03, 2012 at 11:15 AM
It's not just Walmart, the entire area is overdeveloped. When will it stop or even slow......good question, the price of growth is inconvienience.....crime soon to follow, ENJOY!
Justin October 03, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Just out of curiosity anyone know what the given reason is to move it to 924? Do they want to free up Constant Friendship shopping center? I know that can be a traffic nightmare. But it honestly doesn't seem like a good idea at all to move it. Keep all the clutter in one place.
Ashley October 03, 2012 at 12:52 PM
They want to make it a super walmart and some zoning law or something is preventing them from doing that at Constant Friendship for X amount of years and they're impatient.
Mindy October 03, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I agree 100%.
Richard S*****r October 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM
The evolution of the oppositions argument amuses me. I guess if one points out the holes in their arguments long enough they will finally organize and form valid reasons and opposition. I am a happy to see more organization on the residents side. Though I still think it is a day late dollar short.
kmellie October 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Correction: that would be "a day late AND A dollar short. There's a hole in your cliché, sir, and I find that terribly amusing.
Richard S*****r October 03, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Aw that is cute, thanks for the correction.
Leslie October 03, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I've heard they own the land and it's a done deal. If that's the case, people really need to focus on pushing for them to make the exit/entrance off of Route 24 and restrict any access off of Route 924, which is already a nightmare. The other thing that needs to be addressed is the fact that Wal Mart is known for allowing people to camp out in their parking lots overnight. That should not be allowed given that schools are close to that location and the amount of kids that walk to and from school.
Eric bel air October 03, 2012 at 08:44 PM
In the latest twist the County Council passed a resolution yesterday afternoon aimed at stopping this project by asking the State Highway Administration to deny road access to 924. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/belair/ph-ag-walmart-rally-1003-20121002,0,6615444.story I think the county council is on a slippery slope by passing this resolution. While everyone may not agree with this issue, the county government shouldn't try to selectively block this project where Walmart has legally done everything that's required. Or worse, if the resolution isn't worded correctly, there may be a Walmart there with access only from 24/Plumtree.
greg vinyard October 03, 2012 at 09:14 PM
The house I live in is one block off of 924, close to Bel Air High School. Over the past twelve years that I have lived here I have seen the traffic on 924 increase substantially, To the point that some week days between 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM 924 heading south is almost at gridlock status. If Walmart opens a new store on 924 traffic gridlock will become a way of life for not only those travelling on 924 but many adjacent roads also. Let's hope Walmart loses this battle.
HarfordLassie October 04, 2012 at 08:57 PM
There is a convenant on the property about no grocery store but Walmart has already conceded that can easily be bought out. They claim the property is not big enough, but it would handle a supercenter the size of Fallston easily.
HarfordLassie October 04, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Look at the County Council meeting video from Tuesday on the Harford Co website to see what "normal" traffic is like and then envision 50% more traffic.
HarfordLassie October 04, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Walmart- Resolution Approved by County Council to deny access to/from 924 http://belair.patch.com/blog_posts/walmart-resolution-approved-by-county-council-to-deny-access-tofrom-924
Steven Tobia October 08, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Regarding the Oct 2 rally at the Constant Friendship, an uncropted picture of the above shows 110 protesters in the picture holding 70 NO WALMART signs. The picture the Aegis printed shows 72 protesters in the process of forming for a picture with only four signs visible. Why would that be?
Ahmad0001 December 18, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Keep all the clutter in one place. http://www.onlinedatastoragesite.com/softwares/safeguard-my-kid-online-choosing-parental-manage-software.html

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