Monday, July 28, 2014

Coming to Eldersburg - Advanced Auto Parts

It seems like just hours ago I posted about how AutoZone is coming to Eldersburg in the Oklahoma Center.  As my brother-in-law says, "Whenever an AutoZone goes up, an Advanced Auto Parts goes up right after that."  This seems to be the case here in Eldersburg.

This sign went up on the property between Faith Lutheran Church and the Eldersburg Medical Center a few weeks ago and sparked a uproar on Facebook.  How dare they tear down these woods and put up another unneeded store when there is already so much unused commercial real estate space in town!  Damn the private property rights!

I'm not disagreeing that there are vast amounts of open commercial space in Eldersburg.  There is open space in Peddler's Square, Monroe Station, Eldersburg Plaza, and there is the perpetually available space in Carroll Station.  And when the Wal-Mart moves, there will be 8 billion square feet of available space on the prime corner lot.  And who knows if all of the spaces are leased for the new Eldersburg Commons, formerly the Carrolltown Center.  If I'm not mistaken, there is no government agency overseeing or regulating zoning and planning specifically in Eldersburg.  The Carroll County Zoning and Planning Commission seems to take a hand's-off approach to planning in Carroll County.  That would probably explain the hodge-podge unorganized layout of South Carroll....and the 35 nail salons.

What further amused me were some posts that we need to attend this meeting and try to stop this development.  This was an information meeting.  This development is already approved.  These woods will be torn down.  That's no longer up for discussion.

I think it would be great if there were a transparent forum of all of the transactions and applications being submitted for development in the area.  I'm sure they are out there somewhere, but it seems that if you're not actively looking for it, it's not going to drop onto your lap.

Here is the lot that is going to be cleared for the new Advanced Auto Parts.  

1 comment:

Brewtime said...

This has gotten a bunch of people panties in a wad. I live on Bonnie Brae and I for one do not have a problem with it or the lot being developed. As it currently sits it is a dunping ground of used TV's, carpets rements and lanscaping contractors trash. it will also back up to a vacant house that has not been occupied as long as I have lived in the area and that is going on 9 years.

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