Newark lawmakers say no to shopping center on Kirkwood Highway

By Amy Cherry 2:34pm, February 6, 2013 - Updated 4:04pm, February 6, 2013
Six Newark-area legislators are sounding the alarm about the possibility of a new shopping center along Kirkwood Highway.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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The group of state lawmakers is asking County Council to vote "No" to a rezoning request for a 345,000 sq. ft. tract of hilly farmland known as the Stopyra property.

Rep. Paul Baumbach of Newark call says putting a shopping center in that residential area would cause a traffic nightmare.

"It's an extremely busy area. The Kirkwood Highway/Capitol Trail is the fifth most trafficked area, worst problems in the state, and Possum Park isn't far behind that," says Baumbach.

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The Newark Democrat tells developers to look elsewhere to plan.

"We've got plenty of properly zoned property up and down Kirkwood Highway; we do not need more of it," he says.

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And to proponents who say the project is good for economic development, Baumbach says....

"If we need economic development, then we should be redeveloping the dark areas, the non-used areas, the vacancies up and down, redo shopping centers."

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County Council will vote on the request Tuesday.

"My colleagues in the legislature are also hoping that County Council does the right thing, and rejects this request," Baumbach says.

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