Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Bel Air South Community Foundation has organized a series of protests against the proposed Bel Air Walmart including one on April 6.
The latest in a series of rallies against the proposed Bel Air Walmart drew about 150 people Saturday, organizers say. Members of the Bel Air South Community Foundation say they want Walmart to expand the existing Abingdon location instead of building a new superstore in the area of Plumtree Road and MD Route 924. "After nine months many people continue to actively oppose with non-stop honking from [passersby] that also showed opposition to Wal-Mart’s proposed move," Steve Tobia, rally organizer, wrote in an email to Patch. Tobia went on to say that among those 150 rallying Saturday were Edgewood residents who said they want the store to remain where it so they wouldn’t have to drive the extra distance to Bel Air. The Harford County …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Harford County Council proposed legislation that would create additional steps for developers of large shopping centers.
UPDATE (3:30 p.m.)—Harford County is not providing the convenience that Walmart hoped it would offer as it plans to open a new supercenter along Bel Air's Route 924 corridor. Last week, the County Council proposed legislation, which will be the subject of an April 16 public hearing, that would add steps to the planning process for developers of stores larger than 75,000 square feet. Walmart's proposal calls for a store that is more than 185,000 square feet near Emmorton and Plumtree Road. Its development plans are already under review with Harford County's planning department. They could, however, be overturned if the bill passes and they have not been approved, according to The Dagger. In response to the council's proposal, Walmart's …
Monday, February 4, 2013
About 125 members of the community rallied against the Bel Air Walmart over the weekend.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The rally is designed to express opposition to Walmart's plan to build a Supercenter in Bel Air and close the existing Abingdon location.
A roadside rally against the proposed Bel Air Walmart is planned Saturday outside the existing Abingdon location. Walmart's proposal to build a new supercenter in the area of MD Route 924 and Plumtree Road in Bel Air has been a contentious issue from the start, with some members of the community voicing staunch opposition and others welcoming the convenience. The Bel Air South Community Foundation has served to organize the opposition by planning a series of rallies, providing signs and circulating petitions. The community organization will continue its efforts this weekend by "taking our rally to Wal-Mart's doorstep," an email from the organization states. The rally is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Event organizers say at least 100 people came out Saturday to express their opposition to the proposed Bel Air Walmart location.
Red and white signs were hard to miss Saturday afternoon along MD Route 924 in Bel Air. At one point 82 people held signs expressing opposition to Walmart's proposed move to the area of MD Route 924 and Plumtree Road, event organizer Steve Tobia wrote in an email to Patch. The demonstration was part of a rally organized by the Bel Air South Community Foundation. Tobia said more than 100 people stopped by the rally Saturday, and 95 people signed a petition through a drive-thru sign up service. "Passing motorist[s] enthusiastically responded with near non-stop honking of horns," Tobia wrote. Find more coverage of the Walmart issue here. You tell us: What are your thoughts on the proposed Walmart move? Leave a comment. Have your own photos …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Bel Air South Community Foundation is organizing a rally/protest to take place Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
After a break for the holidays, the Bel Air South Community Foundation is back to fighting against Walmart's proposed move from Abingdon to Bel Air. On Saturday, Jan. 12, the organization is planning to hold a rally from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the area of Plumtree Road, where the new supercenter is proposed. The organization is expecting a strong turnout, particularly around noon, Steve Tobia wrote in an email to Patch Friday. Will you attend the rally? Where do you stand on the Walmart issue? Leave a comment.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Walmart's proposed move to the Bel Air area has become a hot button issue for the community.
A member of the Hunter's Run development in Bel Air says he supports Walmart's move because of the added convenience it will bring. The Hunter's Run community is located a short distance from the proposed Walmart site along MD Route 924. Dave Green submitted the following letter to the editor: Dear Editor, As a resident of the Hunter’s Run community in Bel Air, I support the construction of the new Walmart store. I believe it will be convenient for the whole community; it will create more local jobs. It will actually simplify entering and exiting the Bright Oaks and Hunter’s Run communities with a proposed new traffic signal at Bright Oaks Drive and Route 924. The area is appropriately zoned for a store of this type. If the county did not …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Walmart is a contentious issue in Bel Air.
Controversy surrounding a proposed Bel Air Walmart began in 2011 when potential plans for a Route 924 and Plumtree Road location first came to the public's attention. Some members of the community have voiced their disapproval of Walmart's proposed move from Abingdon to the Bel Air location both verbally and in writing. There are also some who are pleased about the change. Waltraut Neutze, who has lived in Bel Air for a quarter of a century, and is among those in favor of the proposed Walmart superstore. You can find Neutze's letter in full here: Dear Editor, I am a Harford County resident and have lived in Bel Air for over 25 years. During that time I've seen many changes to the community. Most for the better. When I moved here, Rt. 24 …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Walmart is a contentious issue in Bel Air.
Controversy surrounding a proposed Bel Air Walmart began in 2011 when potential plans for a Route 924 and Plumtree Road location first came to the public's attention. Some members of the community have voiced their disapproval of Walmart's proposed move from Abingdon to the Bel Air location both verbally and in writing. There are also some who are pleased about the change. Elizabeth Cox, who lives in the Bright Oaks neighborhood not far from the proposed Walmart site, submitted a letter to the editor outlining her support of the new Walmart. "I am a single mother, who cannot afford shopping in the higher-end stores. I work very long hours and will greatly benefit by having a Super Center that not only offers me everything I could need at …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Del. Glen Glass wrote a letter to the editor to again express his opposition to the proposed move of Walmart from Abingdon to Bel Air.
Walmart's proposed move from Abingdon to Bel Air has been a hot topic from the start, with some community members and government officials opposing the project. Del. Glen Glass is among the elected officials against the move and this week submitted a letter to the editor about the issue. "Moving the Wal-Mart is wrong because our quality of life is more important than Wal-Mart’s need to move," Glass writes. You can find a full copy of his letter attached to this story. Glass is a Republican representing District 34A which includes Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Abingdon. What are your thoughts on the Walmart issue? Leave a comment.