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Giant vs. Save Your Annapolis Neck: the feud continues

Giant grocery store is continuing its effort to build an incentive-based gas station in its shopping center parking lot to serve the citizens of Annapolis. However, some residents are against the new gas station. Their group, Save Your Annapolis Neck, is continuing with its petition drives and multiple court appeals to stop the station from being built. Rather than welcoming the new station, residents have claimed that the station will create a safety hazard, as there would be considerably more traffic and a greater toll on the environment. This is just one commercial real estate deal out of several that are being planned for Annapolis Neck.

Over a year ago, developers for Giant received a special exception from the municipality to build the new gas station without completing a traffic study, despite citizens; complaints that a traffic study should be required for the proposed project. The citizens also said that building the new station was incongruous with the region's plans for long-term development.

The Annapolis Board of Appeals upheld the municipality's decision for the project to move forward, but when the citizens appealed to a county judge, he ruled in their favor and ordered that a traffic study be completed prior to the municipality approving the project.

The Annapolis Board of Appeals has announced an upcoming public meeting to review the project, but the board has noted that residents can appeal any decisions made at this meeting. Although the attorney for Giant acknowledges that gas stations aren't very popular, he notes that his client feels their customers will like having a gas station that is conveniently located.

This case may not be resolved for some time, as the municipality struggles to make a sound decision that will serve both its business interests and its residents.

Source: Capital Gazette, "Annapolis grocery store gas station project sputtering," Elisha Sauers, Aug. 16, 2012

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