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Hamilton v. Royal Farms may be heading to Maryland Court of Appeals

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Residents of Hamilton, who say their neighborhood would be hurt by a Royal Farms store and gas station, had a legal victory recently.

Photo by: Fern Shen

The battle over the proposed Royal Farms gas station and convenience store in Hamilton may be moving to the state’s highest court, with a recent decision by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to deny the city’s motion to dismiss the case.

The attorney for residents of this Northeast Baltimore neighborhood had filed an appeal of the decision by the city Board of Municipal Zoning Appeals to approve a conditional use for the project after an April 2 hearing.

The residents have raised questions about the zoning board’s April conditional use decision on both substantive and procedural grounds.

(Among the questions is whether the board, after the hearing, inappropriately made substantive changes in the wording of the decision favoring the developer after a phone call to the board from an attorney in the law firm representing the developer. )

Last week’s Court of Special Appeals ruling against a dismissal of the appeal means that the Maryland Court of Appeals may agree to review the case and it would be heard in Annapolis later this year.

Residents have been arguing for the past two years that the 24-hour, 12-gas-pump convenience store proposed at the corner of Harford Road and Glenmore Avenue will cause traffic hazards and congestion and detract from quality of life in the residential area and small retail strip.

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  • davethesuave

    classic case of overreach by the City comes back to bite them on the butt. GOOD!!

  • renniegrant

    I am SO sick of predatory companies like Royal Farm. Nobody wants it here, and by nobody i am referring to those who actually own homes here, not the rental population. OUR tax dollars pay for the infrastructure here. WE decide what WE want here, not some anonymous Board with nothing in the game.

    • http://housingpolicywatch.com/ Carol Ott

      Just an FYI — renters do pay property tax, as most landlords include it in the monthly rent. So they should indeed have an equal say.

      With that said, I hope the planned Royal Farms goes kaput in court — no neighborhood should have a business foisted on them if they don’t want or need it. Trust me, I live in Pigtown, and it happens all the time here.

  • HettieLee

    Thank goodness! There is no reason for a Royal Farms there when there is one at the Corners of Echodale and Harford. Further there are gas stations all along the Harford corridor. I pray Annapolis sees the idiocy of this propasal and how it will negatively impact the Hamilton and Lauraville communities.

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