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Royal Farms Gearing Up For Appeal On Stevens Hardware Location

| February 18, 2014, 09:31 PM | 1 Comment

Stevens HardwareThe application for Royal Farms to occupy the old Stevens Hardware space was rejected by the Acting Planning and Zoning Director.

On February 7, 2014 the Annapolis Department of Planning and Zoning issued a letter to Royal Farms stating that the use proposed by the organization  is that of a “convenience store.” Planning and Zoning informed Royal Farms that in the absence of further information, and because convenience stores are not permitted in the C2 Conservation Business zoning district, it would be an “untenable position to move the application forward.”

Royal Farms has filed an appeal to that determination and further contends that the use is of a delicatessen. A Board of Appeals public hearing has been scheduled for March 4, 2014 at 7:00PM  in Council Chambers, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street.

The Ward One Residents’ Association is also gearing up to fight this application. This morning, they sent out an email to residents encouraging them to attend the appeal hearing and stand in opposition. WORA says that allowing Royal Farms to operate on Dock Street will  have “far reaching implications by providing a road map for how to circumvent the City Code and its carefully crafted zoning Tables of Uses.”


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  1. Darrell says:

    Of course Royal Farms is a convenience store and not a delicatessen, anyone whose ever been inside one knows this. However as someone who lives about fifty yards from that location, we have a million places to buy a sandwich, what we could use is a convenience store that’s open later than CVS. I know there are a lot of pros and cons to the Royal Farms at the Steven’s location, but that they have to pretend to be something that we already have in excess in the Dock St area in order to move forward with approval seems crazy. More diversity among businesses in the area will allow a greater percentage of them to succeed.

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