Residents oppose 7-Eleven planned near Hampstead

Dozen testify of fears to county committee

May 28, 1999|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

About a dozen residents attended a public meeting yesterday to oppose construction of a 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station on Route 30 near Hampstead.

Neighbors of the proposed 2,940-square-foot building told members of the county Subdivision Advisory Committee that they have concerns about traffic congestion and the possible contamination of a nearby wildlife conservation area. The store and gas pumps would be built on the east side of Route 30, about 500 feet south of Wolf Hill Drive.

"This is a very congested area. There are already four convenience store-gas station operations within two miles of this site," said Mike Tarlton, president of the Wolf Hill Community Association, a group that represents 70 homeowners. "I don't understand how there can be a need for another one."

John Biglin, a resident of the Wolf Hill development, said he is worried about the impact the proposed commercial operation would have on his family.

"It's my understanding that this is going to be a 24-hour operation," Biglin said. "My home would be in the direct line of sight to this business. Will there be kids hanging out at that facility at 3 a.m., or walking through my development to get to it? What is the county doing to address those concerns?"

The project engineer, Bohler Engineering of Sterling, Va., attended the meeting but did not address the committee.

The Subdivision Advisory Committee, composed of several state and county agencies, reviews the technical aspects of proposed commercial and industrial projects. The committee hears public comments and forwards recommendations to Carroll's Planning and Zoning Commission.

The planning commission decides whether a project will be allowed to move forward. The commission's meetings are public, and resident participation is invited.

Pub Date: 5/28/99

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