From the office of Del. Glen Glass:
Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass, (R-Harford, Cecil), publicly announced today his opposition of a new Walmart that would be built in Bel Air. The corporation has faced intense opposition since announcing their plan to shut down the Walmart in Abingdon and build a brand new Super Walmart with groceries at the Plumtree Road and Route 924 intersection. Abingdon is part of the Delegate’s district and would rather see the facility expand at its current location. Glass joins a growing number of area residents, local government officials, and the Abingdon Community Council in a bi-partisan effort to thwart the move. Walmart recently submitted the necessary proposed site plan map and traffic impact analysis on September 14th. The next phase in the process is a Development Advisory Board meeting (DAC) which will be held Wednesday, October 17, at 9AM. The meeting will be open to the public at the Harford County Council Chamber in Bel Air.
“It doesn’t make any sense why they don’t want to expand right where they are at,” said Delegate Glass. “The location is perfect being that it is right next to Route 24 and I-95 which gives easy access not just for residents of Abingdon but other communities. My constituents in Abingdon are opposed to this closure and I am very pleased that Harford County Executive David Craig is opposed to this as well and I stand with him in unity.”
Heavy traffic patterns have been an issue for Bel Air for years. The current site that Walmart wishes to build on is across from a brand new Firehouse which will open soon, Patterson Mill Middle/High School, and approximately a half mile from Ring Factory Elementary School. The Delegate fears that traffic would become unbearable with these current facilities so close to the proposed site. “A Super Walmart right in the middle of a fire station and two major schools would be impossible to deal with,” said Delegate Glass. “Increased heavy traffic would hinder the abilities of emergency services to get to and from the new firehouse, pose a danger to the students attending the nearby schools as well as school buses that will be frequently coming and going. It would be a major inconvenience for my Abingdon constituents to have drive to that location on a daily basis and deal with the mess this will bring.”
The prospect of increased traffic is also a concern for local businesses in the area. The fear is not necessarily of losing business to a major competitor such as Walmart but more so of customers staying away due to the inconvenience of their journey.