Walmart scraps plan to keep proposed Remington store open 24 hours

Legislation to permit construction introduced

April 20, 2010|By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun

Walmart officials said Monday that they would like to operate a new store planned for Baltimore's Remington area from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, not 24 hours a day as a representative of the development team indicated last week.

Baltimore Councilwoman Belinda K. Conaway introduced legislation Monday that would permit construction of a Walmart-anchored commercial development at 25th and Howard streets to replace the Anderson Automotive business.

Several community representatives have expressed concerns about the idea of Walmart staying open 24 hours, saying it could make the shopping center a magnet for criminal activity and strain the city's police department. Conaway said Monday that the legislation as introduced allows for stores in the 25th Street Station development to remain open 24 hours a day but could be amended after public hearings are held on it.

The development team, headed by Rick Walker of WV Urban Developments LLC., is seeking approval to begin construction on 25th Street Station in time to open by late 2011. The $65 million project is expected to result in the creation of about 750 jobs, including 200 at Walmart.

The Mayor's Office of Employment Development will be working with the developers of 25th Street Station to prepare Baltimore City residents for the jobs that will be created, according to director Karen Sitnick.

ed.gunts@baltsun.com

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