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Published: Saturday, 6/30/2001

Foes of proposed mall expand petition drive

Opponents of the proposed Mall at Fallen Timbers in Maumee are expanding their efforts to gain support for the “End the Sprawl! Stop the Mall!” campaign.

Beginning this week, petitions will be circulated in areas outside of the city of Maumee, Dave Westrick, one of the organizers of the stop-the-mall effort, said yesterday.

Mr. Westrick last week presented to Maumee council petitions signed by 522 residents who oppose any attempt by the city to grant tax abatement to mall developers.

Petitioners also are concerned about the possible strain the mall would put on the city's services and infrastructure.

The new petition states that the “undersigned citizens of Lucas County oppose the development of a large mall directly adjacent to a revered historic site such as the Fallen Timbers National Battlefield.”

The proposed two-story, 1.2 million-square-foot mall is to be located near the U.S. 23/I-475 interchange with U.S. 24.

Target areas for the petition drive will include Waterville and Monclova Township, Mr. Westrick said. The petitions perhaps will be presented to Lucas County commissioners.

Area residents are being encouraged to attend the Maumee municipal planning commission meeting in July and voice their opposition to the mall, he said.

The planning commission has continued its public hearing to July 23 on a permit application from mall developer General Growth Properties, city officials said.

In May, the planning commission continued its public hearing on the mall's application after more than 20 people testified before the commissioners during a meeting attended by about 150 people. Many testified that they do not want the mall.



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