Shirley Supik, a longtime community activist who lives in the district that is home to the mall, said she decided to form the coalition a few weeks ago after hearing from many of her neighbors who oppose Foundry Row."I have all kinds of people coming to me saying this is not right," Supik said. "I believe the people in the area need a voice, and that's how it came to be."

Asked if Kimco is giving any help to the coalition, Supik answered, "No. I wish they would, to be honest with you."

Supik said the group spent $5,000 on one mailing. She said the money is coming from a donor or donors whom she declined to name, and she declined to say what the robocalls have cost so far. She said the group is not conducting the telephone survey, which asks questions about rezoning the Solo Cup site, traffic on Reisterstown Road and possible alternative uses for that land.

The coalition has a post office box in Pikesville, and has filed incorporation papers with the state. The group is planning a fundraiser in June at the Greene Turtle in Owings Mills.

Supik said she hopes to continue the fliers and calls "right up until we feel we don't need them anymore. We have momentum, and I'd like to keep them going."

While the entire County Council will vote on the zoning change by mid-September, council protocol essentially gives Almond final say on the decision. She said she has not yet taken a position on the zoning request, but is getting lots of response supporting it.

"I've gotten an overwhelming number of people who are saying they're in favor of Wegmans at Solo," the Reisterstown Democrat said.

Councilman Kenneth Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat who represents the district that includes the mall and Metro Centre, said he opposes the rezoning of Solo Cup, believing it should be preserved for manufacturing use.

"The mall should be redeveloped first," Oliver said.

Aaron said community groups in Almond's district are supportive of the Wegmans project. Over the past few months, Kimco officials held a series of gatherings billed as community meetings at the mall, Aaron said.

"Every one of those meetings has deteriorated into an opportunity for them to stir up antagonism and opposition to Solo Cup," she said. "It's just really unfortunate because it could be three great projects."

Neil Schwartz, whose son, Jonathan, works for Almond, said he got the survey call this month. He said he was asked about 30 or 35 questions that he felt were geared to "create a bias against any development on Reisterstown Road."

He said caller identification on his phone showed the call came from Elemental Data Collection in Ottawa, Canada, but when Schwartz asked who was paying for the survey, the caller declined to say.

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