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Fate Of CVS Could Rely On County Budget

The county council member responsible for making a decision on the rezoning of the southwest corner of Harford and Joppa Roads said the fate of the lot could rely heavily on whether or not the county has funds available to repair the intersection.

The fate of the lot on the southwest corner of the intersection of Harford and Joppa Roads could be decided by the final Baltimore County budget according to Fifth District Councilman David Marks.

Pennsylvania-based developer JC Bar Properties wants to build a CVS on the corner but would need a zoning change on the property before construction could begin. .

Councilman David Marks, who will make a decision on the rezoning of the lot as part of the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, recently sent a letter to high-ranking state and county officials asking about the state of the intersection, which has been .

The letter, sent to Public Works director Ed Adams, State Highway administrator Melinda Peters and State Highway engineer David Peake, calls the intersection one of Marks' "top transportation priorities" and points out that improvements to the intersection could make or break the decision on whether or not the lot is developed.

You can read the full text of the letter in a document attached to this article.

"I am weighing many factors in considering this request, but perhaps the most significant is whether funding will be available to reconstruct the intersection in a timely manner," Marks said in the letter.

"If there isn't money any time soon to fix the intersection, my decision on the rezoning becomes clearer," Marks said in an email to Patch.

Janet C. April 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Building a new CVS at this location would be a disaster! I live several blocks from the intersection, and traffic is horrible there - very very dangerous. This would be the worst thing for both residents and people just traveling through.
CarneyGirl April 09, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Shouldn't it just be enough that the community has expressed they don't want the CVS store built? Whether or not the intersection gets improved the people Marks represents still do not want the CVS store built there. Stop paving the planet. Build a park or leave it be.
Nick M April 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I agree. The issue is more than the disaster of that intersection. The people of Carney "DO NOT WANT THIS STORE IN THAT LOCATION". This is our neighborhood and are the ones living here. The biggest weight in the decision should be the peoples opinions and feeling, not the pavement. That is a nice wooded lot which we are running out of. Lets leave it that way.
Ruth Baisden April 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Councilman Marks is the only one who will decide whether to grant the rezoning request that will allow the CVS!!!!! Since the property is zoned residential the developer has requested to rezone to commercail under the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP). Under the CZPM Councilman Marks does not need to give a reason why he would deny or grant the rezoning. In addition, the decission does not depend on if the State or County says it is a failing intersection. We need Marks to stand up and tell us how he will vote at Thursday's Greater Parkville Community Council meeting. Please join us, 7:00 PM, at the Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville.
ParkvilleMomof2 April 10, 2012 at 06:36 PM
We have enough drug stores in the area; we really don’t need more congestion at that intersection (it is one fo the worst in the area). Let’s hope that Councilman Marks makes the decision based on what the people in the area want and not what might bring in money. So tired of politicians take the money side and not listening to the people in the area that vote for them.
the warnock April 10, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I believe that it is a good idea to build a CVS Store at that location. It will provide entry level jobs for our young folks as well as those who have chosen not to work before. What is very disturbing is the fact that the decision rests with one person (politician). We have seen how easily it is to sway a single or a few individuals with promises of present or future favors.
Margaret April 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I don't want another CVS store in that location Just keep everything the way it is.
Margaret April 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
We don't need any more Pharmacy's enough is enough .
Patricia Novak April 15, 2012 at 05:44 PM
an additional consideration is that both CVS stores will close and one can but ask where are those employees going to be reassigned or fired? also I would note that a drive through lane for this proposed CVS store would then necessitate further traffic congestion. Please, Councilman Marks would you consider the thoughtful decison made by the community after hearing from the CVS folks.

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