Traffic, flooding, stormwater runoff, crime, overcrowded schools. If those don’t exactly sound like White Marsh problems (except for traffic), just wait until Paragon Outlets builds a new 500,000 square-foot outlet mall and residential complex at the junction of I-95 and Route 43. At least, that’s what the locals are saying.
Every one of those concerns and more was brought up during an eight-day administrative hearing on the development project. And yet, despite potentially hurling White Marsh into the Third World*, Baltimore County Administrative Judge John E. Beverungen approved the projects plans, with a few conditions. They’ve got to follow updated stormwater-control protocol, and the main sign can only be so high, “so” being 75 feet.
According to the Baltimore Sun, White Marsh Mall representatives predict a 15-percent decline in sales after the outlet mall is built.
*: Don’t get me wrong, I’m as grumpy about this as the next person, and those concerns may very well be legitimate. It’s just seeing them all grouped together like that creates a truly dystopian vision.
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