Rezoning could lead to grocery in Waverly

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The city planning commission will consider today rezoning 29 properties in Waverly to make way for a possible supermarket.

City officials hope that a developer, which has purchased many of the mostly residential properties, will build a large grocery store at Gorsuch Avenue and Old York Road.

Giant, the Landover-based grocery chain, is interested in the site but is not prepared to announce a deal.

"We are not ready to go public yet. We have got i's to dot and t's to cross," said Barry F. Scher, Giant's vice president for public affairs.

The development could shore up the flagging neighborhood, which used to have the now-demolished Memorial Stadium as its focal point, and lost its only supermarket more than two years ago.

"I think it will be a positive attribute to the surrounding residential neighborhoods," said Charles C. Graves, city planning director.

Graves cautioned that a deal with Giant is not complete.

The properties to be rezoned are the odd-numbered side of the 600 block of E. 33rd St. as well as a sprinkling of houses on Gorsuch Avenue, Tinges Lane and Old York Road.

The city has been actively recruiting grocery stores.

For a city of 651,154, according to the 2000 Census, Baltimore has 46 supermarkets, city officials have said.

The planning commission will meet at 2 p.m. at 417 E. Fayette St. on the eighth floor.

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