Citizens group opposes plan for shopping center that includes Wal-Mart

posted Tue, Mar 6, 2012

By Danielle Bouchat-Friedman

Community News

THE ISSUE

The Board of Supervisors for New Garden Township approved the final stages of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust’s (PREIT) White Clay Point Shopping Center in Oct. 2011, a commercial development project that has been in the works since 2001. The project has been drawing strong opposition from local residents for one of the major portions of the project: the construction of a new Wal-Mart.

The proposed development consists of 460,525 square feet of commercial/retail use south of Newport-Gap Pike. It also includes roadway improvements for Newport-Gap Pike, Sunny Dell Road, Sheehan Road, Sharp Road and the Limestone Road interchange. This project received initial approvals in 2008.

WHAT’S HAPPENED

During Tuesday night’s Hockessin Business Association monthly meeting, Dan Linderman and Richard Trask, two members from Friends of New Garden, a group of concerned citizens from the Township, spoke about the project and its potential impact on the Township and the village of Hockessin. Linderman and Trask said that a number of New Garden Township residents are currently appealing the final two decisions by the Board of Supervisors, as well as the waiver request submitted by PREIT, requesting subdivision of the property.

“We have many concerns about the project,” Trask said. “We have concerns about pollution, its effect on our small businesses, and there is not enough green space,” he said.

Trask and Linderman said that they, along with many other

concerned residents, have hired an attorney, and are raising funds through donations to pay for the appeal. They are asking the HBA to donate to their cause through S.A.V.E. (Safety, Agriculture, Villages and Environment, Inc.) a non-profit, making contributions tax-deductible.

WHAT’S NEXT

The New Garden Board of Supervisors meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month with meetings beginning at 7 p.m. For more information about the Friends of New Garden and to make a donation, visit http://sites.google.com/site/friendsofnewgarden/.

The Hockessin Business Association will also have information about this issue on their Facebook page.

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