Plans Progressing for New Dunkirk Shopping Center

Dunkirk, MD - 8/15/2011

By Marty Madden

A proposal to build a third shopping center in Dunkirk that was snarled in a dispute between the developer and residents of an adjacent subdivision appears ready to move forward.

The re-platting of three lots needed for construction of a connector road from the subdivision, Apple Greene, to Ward Road, where The Shoppes at Apple Greene would located, is scheduled to be discussed at the Wednesday, Aug. 17 meeting of the Calvert County Planning Commission.

According to Rick Bailey of Marrick Properties, the developer of The Shoppes at Apple Greene, the proposed action would simply re-record the three parcels on Pipin Court as commercial instead of residential. Bailey indicated that Marrick Properties might request a deferral of Wednesday’s planned action in order to make slight modifications to the request. In a memo to planning commission members, the panel’s administrator, Yolanda A. Hipski, conditions for preliminary approval for the extension of Dunkirk Way have been met and she is recommending final approval.

The site development plan for the shopping center was conditionally approved by the planning commission in October 2003. In 2008, the plan became a bone of contention between the residents of the Apple Greene subdivision when it was learned that the shopping center would be serviced by a dripping irrigation sewage system similar to ones used at the Marley Run subdivision in Huntingtown and the Gateway Shopping Center in Dunkirk.

Leaders of the Apple Greene Civic Association had lobbied the Calvert County Commissioners and planning commission to stop the project if the developer didn’t provide a 500-foot buffer between the sewage system and the subdivision. The residents made it clear they were not opposed to the shopping center, just the sewage system.

Bailey indicated Monday that the two sides may have found a way to resolve the issue. A phone number for the Apple Greene Civic Association was located on the Internet but a call to that number was not immediately returned.

Bailey said the modified application for a proposed septic system to serve The Shoppes of Apple Greene is currently under consideration by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The proposed road right-of-ways would give Apple Greene residents another route out of their neighborhood, connecting it with Ward Road and Town Center Boulevard. Currently, anyone entering or exiting Apple Greene must use Route 4. The connector road’s construction is part of the Dunkirk Town Center Master Plan.