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Walmart, Abingdon Community Council Meet Behind Closed Doors

A meeting involving the County Executive's chief of staff, Abingdon Community Council board members and representatives of Walmart are scheduled to meet Oct. 8.

A closed-door meeting on the proposed relocation of Walmart is scheduled to take place tonight.

Aaron Tomarchio, Harford County Executive David Craig's Chief of Staff, is expected to attend a meeting between the Abingdon Community Council board and Walmart representatives, his secretary confirmed Monday.

Steve Tobia, a member of the community who has been outspoken about Walmart's plans to shut down the Abingdon store and build a new super store in Bel Air, said Monday members of the county Planning and Zoning office were also likely to attend.

"My concern is that no one else is allowed in there," Tobia said.

Tobia said his understanding is the group will discuss what concessions will be appropriate if and when Walmart moves to the controversial location at Plumtree Road and MD Route 924.

"[Tomarchio] has said that there’s no stopping it," Tobia said of the Walmart move.

County councilman Dion Guthrie told Patch much the same in a previous interview, explaining that the Walmart superstore is allowed based on the area's current zoning.

"I don’t know why it’s all behind closed doors," Tobia said. "I think part of it was because we were kind of rowdy [at the public input meeting]."

What concessions would you ask Walmart to make? Leave a comment.

Otto Schmidlap October 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Newcomers saying no more newcomers...lol
Jan October 09, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I have been watching this development of Walmart for some time now and all I can say is this is just sickening. Zoning or not, the fact of the matter is we DON'T need another WalMart in this county. Its present location is fine, just make that location bigger OR go to Aberdeen or Fallston for crying out loud. the area you are earmarking for the new location will totally gridlock traffic at 5:00, or Saturday mornings. Just stupid what this county will do for a buck. Well you won't be getting mine.
Debbie Nelson October 10, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I totally agree with you Jan! I was on the Planning Council years ago and fought long and hard to stop the overstuffing of the envelope which is what we called it! I learned very quickly that money is the driving force behind all of it! No one cares about the real people that this affects! They only care about padding their fat pockets and laughing all the way to the bank (which is not in this area) while we sit in snarled traffic! I am so sick of it and get more and more frustrated all the time. Doesn't anybody care about the people who live and work here and have to fight the traffic and congestion! I'm thinking not! We mean nothing to all of them. Just remember all of this for the elections! None of them will get my vote that's for sure!
G D October 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM
first of all, how in the hel do you know who is a newcomer or not, secondly, you sound off as if you are a long, long time resident. If this is true (which i doubt) you should be more pissed than anyone..............moron!
Joseph Shmoe October 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
"A closed-door meeting on the proposed relocation of Walmart is scheduled to take place tonight..." NO, NO, NO! This is not a good move for ANYONE. It allows Walmart to be accused of all manner of wrong doing (bribes, threats, etc.) and it allows all those opposed to be accused of buckling under at the presence of "strong-arm" tactics on the part of Walmart. A closed session on a topic this volatile is just stupid.

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