A new shopping center scheduled to open up on Route 2 will bring several new businesses to Edgewater—much to the dismay of area residents.
Lighthouse Plaza is being built at 3145 Solomons Island Rd., and according to a spokesman with Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning the shopping center already has plans to bring three new stores
“Doesn't Edgewater have enough shopping centers?” wrote D. Bell. “Have you seen the traffic on Rt. 2 lately? This is totally crazy.”
In January, Patch reported that an AutoZone was under construction on Route 2 next to Sonic. The opening of an Advanced Auto in Lighthouse Plaza would mark the second auto parts store with plans to come to Edgewater this year.
There is also already a Dollar Tree in the South River Colony Marketplace, up the street from where Lighthouse is being built.
“There is already a Dollar Tree in the shopping center where the Kmart is,” Heather wrote. “I think the residents of the area should have a vote as to what gets approved for things like that.”
The over-commercialization of Solomons Island Road in Edgewater is a hot-topic for residents who came to the area long before any of the businesses. Many fear that the Edgewater they used to know, no longer exists.
“I am 46 years old and grew up in Edgewater,” Beth wrote. “The once little town is gone. Time to think about pulling up stakes. So sad.”
Other Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch readers questioned a new shopping center when there are empty storefronts along Route 2.
“How about trying to fill the vacant retail spots we already have before building more,” Tammy Baldwin wrote. “So much for our quaint little town of Edgewater.”
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