Newark lawmakers say no to shopping center on Kirkwood Highway

Six Newark-area legislators are sounding the alarm about the possibility of a new shopping center along Kirkwood Highway.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

The group of state lawmakers is asking County Council to vote "No" to a rezoning request for a 345,000 sq. ft. tract of hilly farmland known as the Stopyra property.

Rep. Paul Baumbach of Newark call says putting a shopping center in that residential area would cause a traffic nightmare.

"It's an extremely busy area. The Kirkwood Highway/Capitol Trail is the fifth most trafficked area, worst problems in the state, and Possum Park isn't far behind that," says Baumbach.

The Newark Democrat tells developers to look elsewhere to plan.

"We've got plenty of properly zoned property up and down Kirkwood Highway; we do not need more of it," he says.

And to proponents who say the project is good for economic development, Baumbach says....

"If we need economic development, then we should be redeveloping the dark areas, the non-used areas, the vacancies up and down, redo shopping centers."

County Council will vote on the request Tuesday.

"My colleagues in the legislature are also hoping that County Council does the right thing, and rejects this request," Baumbach says.

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