Hearing held on retail proposal at Lee Airport

March 27, 2002|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Residents of the Edgewater area turned out for a public hearing at county government headquarters in Annapolis recently to discuss a proposed commercial development at Lee Airport.

Although five homeowners groups recently wrote letters to County Council members endorsing a zoning change that would be needed to build a retail village along Route 2, pockets of resistance remain. Some residents worry that commercial activity could harm Warehouse Creek.

At the meeting Monday night, Councilwoman Barbara D. Samorajczyk, an Annapolis Democrat, questioned the category of commercial zoning proposed for the site, saying it might encourage construction of a larger, regional shopping center rather than a smaller, local one.

Residents who back the retail concept said they did so only after the Lee family, which owns and operate the airport in Edgewater, agreed to limit commercial space at the complex to 387,000 square feet.

A list of covenants was recorded in court Monday, said David A. Simison, an Annapolis attorney who represents the Lees. Some residents waited to confirm the recording of the covenants before they endorsed the project at the hearing.

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