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Funkstown preparing to mull over Wal-Mart

September 08, 2000

Funkstown preparing to mull over Wal-Mart



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer


Opponents of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hagerstown plan to be out in full force when the project is discussed in Funkstown Monday.

The Funkstown Citizens Coalition, which opposes the store, bought ads in The Herald-Mail to let people know about Monday night's monthly town council meeting, according to Pamela McGreevy Newhouse, a coalition member.

Funkstown Mayor Robert Kline said he expects between 75 and 100 people to show up.

On Friday, Kline said he had received 25 to 30 letters about the project, all against it.

Wyatt Development Co. of Aiken, S.C., is hoping to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter as part of a shopping plaza along Edgewood Drive in Hagerstown near the Funkstown border.

The project has drawn criticism from Kline and nearby residents, who are worried that it will lead to a wave of new traffic.

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In Hagerstown, the planning department recommended the project be denied, but Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II supports the plan because the developer would pay for road improvements.

The city's planning commission may vote on the shopping center plans at its Sept. 27 meeting.

Kline said he and the Funkstown Town Council met last week to discuss the project. The meeting was open to the public and notices were posted at the town hall, he said.

The council didn't make any decisions about the project, Kline said.

About 40 residents attended, but were not allowed to make comments. "They wanted to talk. I wouldn't let them," Kline said.

No one from Wyatt Development was present. Kline said that Wyatt representative Matt Canady will be at Monday's meeting and will address the town council and mayor.

Anyone who wants to speak at the 7 p.m. meeting must sign up in advance, Kline said.

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