And speaking of referendums, western county residents are getting closer to having a Harris Teeter grocery store. The proposed 160,000 square foot Town Square at Turf Valley received Site Development Plan approval earlier this month finally clearing the way for construction to begin.
It was a little over a year ago that the petition effort to stop this development was sidelined by the Board of Elections. After the BOE rejected about 80% of the signatures that were submitted, the organizers then tried to stop the development through the courts. The latest attempt by opponents to have the BOE decision overturned was thwarted last month when Howard County Circuit Court Judge Timothy McCrone issued a ruling upholding that decision.
Site Development Plan approval is the last major hurdle before the developer can move dirt and begin construction. With an SDP in hand they are likely pitching this development to retailers at the ICSC convention in Las Vegas this week.
No word yet on a projected completion date.