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Remington Walmart Traffic Study Is Out- The Search For Missing Cars Begins

Remington 25th Street Station Traffic Study Released- The Search For Missing Cars Begins

The ‘Draft’ Traffic Impact Study (TIS) for the proposed 25th Street Station big box development project in Remington was recently released and area residents are raising a lot of concerns.  The most intriguing of which might be -What’s the deal with the missing cars?

On the new site EXIT 6, a campaign initiated by residents of Remington to deal with issues raised from the proposed 25th Street Station development and traffic, the question is asked, “Who can solve this mystery?The Lost Cars of Huntingdon Avenue”.

Apparently, according to the study, cars entering the area via Huntingdon Avenue actually disappear, rather than accumulate, making it something akin to the Bermuda Triangle.  Recent posts on the EXIT 6 site related to the missing cars and other concerns provide interesting commentary on the study.  To check out EXIT 6, CLICK HERE.

Other community issues that have been raised about the traffic study include the observation that no dates and times of car counts are provided, the unsubstantiated assumption that 25% of shoppers will walk, bike, or take the bus to the site, the lack of projections for rush hour, Saturdays and holidays and the fact that the information is inconsistent with other Baltimore area Lowes and Walmart stores.

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Post Update: In an analysis of the traffic study done by the Mobtown Shank, it is reported that traffic will increase 129 times from what it is now in the area on weekends.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

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Port Covington Wal-Mart: A Case Study In Pictures

Port Covington Wal-Mart: A Case Study In Pictures

On Feb. 24, 2010, an article in The Daily Record announced that Wal-Mart was planning to join the 25th Street Station development project in Remington.  Senior manager Rhonda Washington stated that it was “so consistent with where Baltimore is headed as far as the green movement”.  Baltidome visited the existing Wal-Mart shopping center in Port Covington to see how the retailer was fitting into the Cleaner Greener Baltimore initiative.  The following pictures were taken in March 2010.

Former Sam's Club

In 2002, the Port Covington shopping center opened to a “robust welcome” with a Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club and a zoning plan to include Staples, Party City, Modell’s and Dress Barn.  The other stores never moved in and in 2007, Sam’s Club closed. Wal-Mart now sits alone at the end of the peninsula on the abandoned project site.

Related Articles:
Baltimore Sun, Wal-Mart comes to the city,  7/09/2001
Baltimore Business Journal, Center of controversy: Why Port Covington failed as a retail mecca, 3/9/2007

No Walmart In Remington Petition

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Wal-Mart, Not Just Lowes, Wants To Move To Remington

Wal-Mart, Not Just Lowes, Wants To Move To Remington

According to The Daily Record, Wal-Mart has committed to “25th Street Station”, a development project in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore at the former Anderson Automotive site.  Rhoda Washington, a Wal-Mart regional senior manager, says that “The site will do so many things, and it’s so consistent with where Baltimore is headed as far as the green movement, and trying to generate jobs…This area has informed us that they want a Walmart.”

Washington statement is curious, because area residents have only reported a Lowes at the proposed site.  No discussions regarding a Wal-Mart have come from community meetings about the development project.  For the full article from The Daily Record, CLICK HERE.

The Baltimore City Councilmember for this district is Belinda Conway.  To send her your thoughts, CLICK HERE for her contact information.

A  petition has been created, No Wal-Mart In Remington, CLICK HERE.
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