Sunday, December 6, 2009

Say No to Arundel Mills Slots

Supposedly, the Anne Arundel County Council will vote tomorrow whether or not to approve slots at the Arundel Mills location. Hopefully, a miracle will arise and the Councilmen will squash the idea. Recall, I am a slots supporter. And, unlike the partisans on both sides, I approved the idea when Republicans pushed them back in 2002-2006, and I continued to support them once the two parties shifted positions. No doubt, slots would be a welcomed revenue source, especially in this troubled economy.

Unfortunately, Arundel Mills is a horrible location. There's one road in and out of the area. For folks that can't see the problem with this, I encourage them to drive there on any Saturday afternoon. Even without slots parlors, there's often bumper to bumper traffic. If the state wants to push this location so bad, why won't they relax their ridiculous environmental restrictions to allow construction of new roads? Also, Arundel Mills continues to be plagued by serious crime. Tragically, judges and prosecutors have enabled this epidemic.


Moving forward, I still want to see slots in Anne Arundel County. Therefore, I'd like to see a proposal for a Laurel Park location. Unlike the Arundel Mills location, Laurel Park sits on a major highway (MD-198) and has easy access to other routes such as MD-1, MD-32, MD-295, and even I-95. Hence, that'll alleviate most of the traffic concerns. Also, the racetrack sits on the border of both Howard and Prince Georges Counties. In other words, let Anne Arundel reap the benefits of slots without having to shoulder the full cost of the surrounding infrastructure.

Right now, Cordish has a lot of entities lobbying the Council to approve slots at Arundel Mills. Hopefully, they'll resist this external pressure and wait around for a better idea.

Crossposted

3 comments:

Brian said...

I live near Arundel Mills and have long felt the area is troubled by crime and horrible traffic.

Although there are many entrances to the mall parking lot, and even a exit onto Arundel Mills Blvd from Rt295, the only advertised entrance is the one from Rt100 and it seems to encourage traffic into that one main mall entrance. It probably wouldn't take much to improve the situation if the state would allow it.

That said, if slots at AM do cause a major increase of traffic I'm not sure if minor improvements to the road would be enough.

bud said...

Brian,

I wish the traffic issue would be hammered out before the bill gets voted on. The state is pushing AA County to pass slots at AM. Therefore, they should waive some of the zoning laws to allow construction of a new road. I am not sure exactly where a new road would be possible. Still, others tell me it can be done.

Daniel said...

Well, that southbound 295 ramp off onto the traffic circle only lets you head toward AM or follow along back onto 295.

Why not develop to the right to put the slots there?

That way it doesn't impact AM too much ... just sayin.

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