By Larry Perl, firstname.lastname@example.org
9:01 AM EDT, October 2, 2012
The Royal Farms chain has abandoned plans to open a convenience store and gas station at 29th Street and Remington Avenue, telling Remington community leaders that it couldn't purchase the required properties.
"Unfortunately, we just learned that Royal Farms has not been able to come to an agreement with the current owners of the two parcels at the intersection of Remington and W. 29th Street to create the assemblage necessary for the proposed gas station and convenience store," Caroline Hecker, of the law firm Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, told Joan Floyd, president of the Remington Neighborhood Alliance, in an email Monday morning. Hecker said a meeting with the RNA on Oct. 9 to present the plans was being canceled.
Also canceled was a scheduled Oct. 2 meeting with the Greater Remington Improvement Association, said GRIA President Judith Kunst.
"They will not be pursung the project at this time," Kunst told association members.
The chain, based in Hampden, had proposed opening a store on a corner where Pizza Boli's is now, community leaders said last week.
Kunst said some residents worried that a store there would increase traffic congestion on 28th and 29th streets during rush hours.
"I know the community is concerned," Kunst said. "It would probably bring more traffic."
Floyd said last week the RNA was doing "our customary due diligence" to look at the plan.
"Several nearby residents have expressed concerns to the RNA about the convenience store and gas station proposal," Floyd said.
Floyd would not elebaorate on those concerns, saying, "I think everyone is in fact-finding mode right now."
Pizza Boli's officials could not be reached for comment.
Royal Farms already has a store and gas station located at 1119 W. 41st St., at the corner of Falls Road.