Residents of the Baltimore neighborhood where a new retail development anchored by Walmart and Lowe’s stores is planned say they will not appeal the city’s decision to allow the development but will seek assurances over traffic and parking concerns.
The Remington Neighborhood Alliance Inc. on Tuesday wrote a letter to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council stating that the zoning change for creating 25th Street Station would not be protested.
The letter also stated that traffic issues remain a priority.
“Am I optimistic? No,” said Joan Floyd, president of the neighborhood alliance. “But at this point, we have to keep pushing. People have genuine issues, they have investments in this neighborhood.”
The letter to City Hall pointed out that the Planned Unit Development for the $70 million project approved by the City Council last month must include the considerations of Remington residents about traffic and parking for the new complex, to be built on nearly 12 acres at 25th and Howard streets.
“It is important for the Administration and City Council to recognize the enormous scope of this project and the change it represents for Remington,” the letter states. “The site, which now draws very little traffic, will transform into a major retail destination drawing thousands of vehicle trips per day.”
Floyd said the residents are seeking several assurances from the city’s Department of Transportation and the developer, Rick Walker, over further study of traffic issues.
Those assurances include involving the community in decisions made about traffic through public forums and written documents, improvements to the 2400 block of North Howard Street, and a complete traffic impact study, Floyd said.
A spokesman for City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Tuesday the residents’ concerns will be included in future considerations on the project.
“It’s a given that it is not the end,” said Lester Davis, Young’s spokesman. “Just because the council has approved 25th Street Station, it doesn’t mean there’s not a place for the residents to have an impact.”