More than 100 people packed the community room at the Bloomingdale Regional Library Tuesday night to devise a strategy for fighting a big box store slated to go in next door. Traffic and the impact of the proposed store – widely believed to be a Walmart – on schools will be huge, they said, not to mention the homes that back up to the site, whose owners will see the parking lot and the proposed apartments when they sit on their patios. Several plan to speak during the county commission meeting Wednesday and will meet again soon to further tweak their plan for fighting the development. “Don't buy that 'the horse is out of the barn' argument,” said community organizer Jereme Monette. There are ways to work this, and that is through putting the pressure on the county commission and letting them know how many people oppose the plan, he said.
The commissioners and the county staff need to be transparent and give residents in the Bloomingdale area step-by-step reports on what will go in next to the library, organizers said. The property is zoned to allow a big box store and apartments, bordered by Lithia-Pinecrest Road, a failed roadway, and by Bloomingdale Avenue, which is daily jammed with cars heading both east and west. The group has set up a Facebook page and a website so people can get more information on this issue. To learn more, go to www.bloomingdalebigbox.com or look on Facebook for “Bloomingdale Big Box.”