Frederick panel rejects zoning change for Golden Mile mall

Subtitle: Planners oppose allowing big-box store, prefer keeping residential element
Source: Gazette
Author: Tripp Laino
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Date Published: 03/12/2013

Denying a request from the developer of the Frederick Towne Mall, the Frederick Planning Commission has left unchanged the zoning for the linchpin to the long-awaited revitalization of the Golden Mile. The current mixed-use zoning designation requires the development of both commercial and residential use, and prohibits the building of warehouse stores and super centers. The mall sits at the far end of the Golden Mile, which stretches along U.S. Route 40 between U.S. 15 and Interstate 70 and is one of the first places visitors encounter when entering the stretch from I-70. The mayor and Frederick Board of Aldermen have final approval of any zoning change, but consider recommendations from the commission.