Not too many people agree with the Frederick Board of Alderman's decision last week to rezone the Frederick Town Mall property, to allow a Wal-Mart to be built. But Phil Dacey, who is running for a seat on the Board of Aldermen, says he thinks it was a smart move. "I think Wal-Mart can be part of the solution for the property. I hate the fact that we had to lose the mixed use component. I think some development there is better than none," said Dacey.
Although the plan might not be perfect for everyone, City officials said they had to do something to spur development. Dacey said the main reason that he's running is because of the more than 500 acres the board annexed into Frederick City. "They are the same roads I grew up on when I was a kid, so the next four years will be crucial in determining the future of Frederick and the way it grows. I want the people to have a voice in how the city develops over the next four years," continued Dacey.
Alan Imhoff, who is running as a Republican, said he wouldn't have voted to rezone the property, but he said it could be a good move for a certain segment in the community. "If you listen to the folks, almost half the population has said we don't need another Wal-Mart. So which half of the population are you going to go with? The one that says they want it, or the one that doesn't. It's like good old Solomon again, having to make this decision," continued Imhoff.
Imhoff was on the commission that changed the Frederick Town Mall property from commercial to mixed use. "I don't think the rezoning, in the long term, will help the Golden Mile," he said.