Editorial - Enough retail, already
The proposal for yet another retail shopping center in Washington County, this one using the Wesel Boulevard model, has got us wondering: How much retail does Washington County need? And more important, are the benefits the area will derive worth the inevitable problems with traffic and stormwater runoff?
The new development would be built on 85 acres south of Valley Mall, not far from Hickory Elementary School. To get the project off the ground, a 34-acre parcel of that tract needs to be rezoned from Residential Multi-Family to Business General.
If the development takes place, it will put more traffic onto Virginia Avenue, a two-lane road that isn't adequate to handle its present load. Residents of the area also claim that the existing sewer system is inadequate to handle residential flow, let alone the added load from a shopping center. They also fear that runoff from large parking lots would worsen flooding problems in the neighborhood.