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Rite-Aid Plans Location Swap with Arnold M&T Bank

The community is invited to discuss the potential for M&T Bank to be replaced with a larger Rite-Aid.

A community meeting is set to discuss a developer's plans to replace the M&T Bank site in Arnold with a 14,000 square-foot Rite Aid.

The existing M&T Bank would then move into the spot vacated by Rite-Aid, according to Robert Tipton, of Sigma Engineering, Inc. The preliminary plans being discussed would not necessitate any additional buildout, Tipton said.

The community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Broadneck Library, and is hosted by Sigma Engineering, Inc.—the engineers associated with the project—according to an Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning document obtained by Patch.

"The developer proposes to replace an existing bank pad with a 14,673 square-foot Rite-Aid," said Tipton in a release.

The meeting is open to the public, who are being asked for their input in this preliminary stage of the plan's development, Tipton said.

Maribeth Kalinich January 11, 2013 at 03:34 AM
We kind of like Rite Aid where it is. Been shopping there for a very long time. It is convenient. A bank without a drive in? Are you nuts? Bad bad idea. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Look what happened to Superfresh when it became Fresh & Green.
Tina by the Bay January 11, 2013 at 05:30 PM
"The preliminary plans being discussed would not necessitate any additional buildout, Tipton said." The statement above contradicted the proposed project. The current M&T Bank building square footage is not nearly a third of an acre(14,673 sq ft = 0.33684573 acre), so the tiny building has to be built bigger(doesn't that qualify as a buildout?) thus a need for a site development plan in the first place.
D. Frank Smith January 11, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Tina, I wasn't able to get the square footage of the M&T Bank with a real-property search (just the entire shopping center itself). Are you sure it's smaller than 14,000 square feet? Either way, I'm making a follow up call to the engineer based on your question. Thanks for the info.
Tina by the Bay January 11, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Frank, to get an idea of the proposed size is to imagine an area of a typical 2,000 square feet single family house multiplied seven times. Compare that with the current M&T Bank building.

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