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Walmart design approved, with comments

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The Walmart in Remington cleared a major hurdle yesterday when the Baltimore City Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel (UDARP) approved its latest revised design with comments.

Changes from the original design presented September 26 to UDARP include far more trees, hedges and flowers, as well as benches, additional lighting and bike racks. However, the panel noted that the design could be more accessible for bicyclists and more dramatic in appearance.

The project is now set for final approval by the Planning Commission next month.

Richard Gilmore, a lifelong Remington resident and member of the Greater Remington Improvement Association Board of Directors, welcomed the approval.

“Please do not let the quest for perfection be the enemy of good,” Gilmore told UDARP members, according to a Baltimore Sun article.

In a twist on greeters who say, “Hello, welcome to Walmart,” Gilmore told the panel, “Please accept the current plans, so I can say to our new neighbor, ‘Hello, Walmart, welcome to Remington.'”