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A wall that saves developers money can lead to problems for adjacent neighbors

June 24, 2017

On 6/22/17 the Arden Arcade Community Planning Advisory Council (CPAC) approved the Merlone Geier proposal to build another set of speculative commercial buildings at Arden and Watt. The meeting was well-attended, with near-unanimous sentiment on the part of the community that, while the proposed shopping center was an improvement over what they had been told at the April CPAC meeting, it needed more changes. In general, the community said it wanted a shopping center that would be an asset to the community, not just a way for the property owner to get money from passing motorists. As usual, the County prevailed, with many in the audience surprised to learn that their input was of little consequence. An example of the way the County coddles developers is the required "sound wall" that's "not a sound wall" (according to County staff) which the developers prefer (Guess what? It's cheaper.) and the County tolerates -- even though the citizens don't want because it isn't even much of a barrier in the first place. When the County let the Quick Quack Car Wash build this type of wall last year, neighbors were told it would be OK. Yet, as the CPAC was informed on June 22nd, the wall has led to a major disruption in the lives of adjacent neighbors.

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