Zoning recommendation could allow relocation of Lowe's store Home improvement chain eyeing site along Route 140

July 06, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that city leaders approve land-use changes that could allow a Lowe's home improvement store to relocate behind Weis Market.

The recommendation of the five-member commission clears the way for 95 acres to be rezoned for commercial use. The majority of the property lies along Route 140, to the rear of Weis Market and Target Store.

Most of the parcel -- 71 acres -- is owned by the Church of the Open Door. Lowe's is eyeing a 20-acre section of the property for a 115,000-square-foot retail space and a 35,000-square-foot lawn and garden center.

If the property is rezoned for commercial use, Lowe's would be responsible for the extension of Center Street to the eastern edge of the parcel it intends to develop, said city planner Katrina L. Tucker. The street now ends at Malcolm Drive.

City planners said it is not clear what would happen to Lowe's store near the Englar business park on Route 140, a few miles from the church property.

Lowe's opened in Westminster in February 1993.

In addition to the church property, the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that a number of parcels off Route 140, behind Lowe's current location and Wal-Mart, be zoned commercial. Those lots total about 20 acres and are zoned industrial, Tucker said.

The amendments would be consistent with the city's comprehensive land use plan, which was adopted last month. The plan was developed by city planners and a six-member Citizens Advisory Committee.

The mayor and Common Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning changes at 7 p.m. July 27 in City Hall.

Pub Date: 7/06/98

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