Klein family speaks out on Kohl’s plan in Wednesday’s Aegis; No Kohl’s group to rally tonight at 6

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    The Klein Family explained their reasons behind wanting to put a Kohl’s department store on the 10.5-acre parcel they own near Forest Lakes Elementary School in a letter that appeared in Wednesday’s Aegis. In the letter it said that the family had already met with one official community organization from the area and they’d scheduled two more meetings. They blamed “today’s bad economic times” for forcing them to come up with an alternative to the shopping center plan anchored by mid-range restaurants that they spent a year trying unsuccessfully to lease. The letter said:

    “We think leasing the property to Kohl’s, to build a Kohl’s Department Store, is an extremely attractive alternative. Kohl’s plans to build a retail facility [that] will rival any commercial facility in this county for compatibility and ecological sustainability. Even better, we have been assured by representatives from Kohl’s of their willingness to work with community representatives regarding the appearance of their proposed building. We also are holding discussions with community representatives regarding on-site amenities to improve upon what is currently required by code, with respect to the landscaping and site plan.”

    The letter goes on to say that independent traffic studies conclude that traffic would likely be the same for Kohl’s as it would have been for the shopping center. But it adds that Kohl’s would generate less traffic on weekday mornings when the children were in the nearby Forest Lakes Elementary School.

    The No Kohl’s in Forest Hill group has scheduled its third weekly rally for 6 tonight at the corner of Rock Spring Road and Osborne Parkway where the Kohl’s would be built.

    The family’s plan for the site is scheduled to go before the Harford County Development Advisory Committee at 9 a.m. May 7.

    Click here for previous BANV posts on the Village at Forest Lakes development.