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Who says Wegmans traffic would be worse than Solo Cup?
Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver wants his colleagues to reject a proposal to allow a retail development anchored by a Wegmans supermarket at the former Solo Cup site in Owings Mills. He cites traffic congestion as his main concern. ("Oliver pushes for council to reject Solo Cup rezoning," June 21.) Mr. Oliver also thinks the site should be preserved as manufacturing. I live in the 2nd district directly across from the proposed site. The traffic from the Solo Cup site when it was operational was horrific. Vehicles moving in and out en masse at shift change, combined with the existing traffic made for heavy congestion. The manufacturing side of the facility was no picnic for us residents as we have had to put up with screeching turbines, heavy truck shipments and many other noises and inconveniences associated with a manufacturing facility. While Mr. Oliver says rezoning the site does not make for "smart growth," he is also proposing to remove any restriction from the nearby Metro Center site. What does he think that would do for congestion? His proposal could and would allow for no restrictions on building size, lighting and signs.
June 26, 2012