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Baltimore Officials Grant Lowes/Walmart 25th Street Station Development Project Stormwater Management Waiver

Baltimore Officials Grant Lowes/Walmart 25th Street Station Development Project Stormwater Management Waiver

In 2004, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached the largest settlement for storm water violations as a result of contamination found at Wal-Mart construction sites.

On February 4th, 2011 Baltimore City officials granted the proposed 25th Street Station bog-box development project a Stormwater Managment Waiver from Maryland’s 2007 State Stormwater Regulations.

The 25th Street Station project, originally pitched as a “green development” to area residents, promises to “meet or exceed Baltimore City’s recently enacted Green Building ordinance”.  However, the developers, represented by lawyer and Chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, Jon Laria, have now requested a Stormwater Management Waiver for the 25th Street Station and it has been approved.

According to the Baltimore City Stormwater Managment Manual,  Stormwater Management Concept Plans require “Waiver requests, if any” and curiously, the concept plan for the proposed 25th Street Station did not include a waiver request.  In addition, the Baltimore City planning department minutes from a Site Plan Review on December 16th, 2009 (link) of the 25th Street Station state,  “Stormwater Management will be under the new regulations”.

Residents raised concerns about whether the proposed 25th Street Station Development was in compliance with the 2007 Stormwater Management Law at an August 5th, 2010 Planning Commission hearing.  The development’s proposal includes covering a considerable amount of permeable land on the property with buildings and a parking lot.  Concern was raised that the plan does not appear to include adequate Environmental Site Design principles required under the Stormwater Management law.  Members of Baltimore City Planning Department dismissed resident’s concerns, stating the project had been “grandfathered” into the 2000 Maryland Stormwater Management requirements.

After the hearing, residents sought the waiver for the grandfathering of the 25th Street Station proposal.  Baltimore City Department of Public Works responded that a waiver had not been requested for the 25th Street Station.  Residents continued to raise Stormwater Management concerns regarding the proposed development up through the vote by Baltimore City Council on the 25th Street Station Planned Unit Development.

A “Public Notice” for the waiver request quietly appeared in the form of a single page posted within the Department of Public Works section of the Baltimore City website on January 19th, 2010.  One week was given for public comment.

The proposed 25th Street Station development project would encompass 11 acres in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore.  To learn more about Stormwater Runoff, CLICK HERE to visit the EPA’s website.



Proposed Baltimore Walmart Complex – Progress or Problem?

Proposed Baltimore Walmart Complex – Progress or Problem?

Bmore Local is a Baltimore coalition of residents, business owners and community leaders that is working hard to keep folks informed about the proposed 25th Street Station Walmart development in Remington.  Watch the revealing video to learn more about the next proclaimed “green building” scheme and the developers who are making a pitch for property in downtown Baltimore.

To get involved with Bmore Local, visit BmoreLocal.net.

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Meet Bmore Local at Free Film Screening

Meet Bmore Local at Free Film Screening

On April 19th Councilwoman Belinda Conaway introduced to the City Council a PUD (Planned Unit Development) for the proposed 25th Street Station Wal-Mart development project in downtown Baltimore.  This introduction of the PUD to City Council is the first step in getting the project approved for the required zoning changes.  Although these things generally take time to go through various committees and then hearings before they are approved, there is a lot of pressure from the developers to move this particular piece of legislation along quickly.

On Tuesday, April 27,2010 Bmore Local is holding a free film screening for Wal-Mart: The High Cost Of Low Prices at the 2640 Space in Charles Village. Come check out the film and discover what kind of an impact a Wal-Mart could have on your environment.  In addition, meet members of Bmore Local and learn how you can get involved in the group who opposes the proposed 25th Street Station Wal-Mart development as it currently stands.

Bmore Local is a coalition of residents, businesses and community leaders in Baltimore who have come together to promote smart development, good jobs and healthy neighborhoods in Baltimore City.