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The St. Mary’s County commissioners issued an easement crossing Tuesday that will allow a new shopping center to be built in California at the intersection of state routes 235 and 4.
St. Mary’s Market Place needed permission to cross an old railroad right of way owned by St. Mary’s County government.
The commissioners last week took issue with the location of the Three Notch Trail segment for pedestrians and bicyclists. They said it was too close to Route 235 and too close to its intersection with Route 4, the busiest traffic spot in St. Mary’s County.
The Three Notch Trail will be redesigned to follow a new section of FDR Boulevard that will be to come out at the intersection of St. Andrew’s Church Road and the existing FDR Boulevard at the First Colony development.
“I think we’re good,” Commissioner Todd Morgan (R) said of the project.
“We hope to have an alternate route in four weeks,” Phil Shire, director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Land Use and Growth Management, said after the meeting. Where Three Notch Trail will go south of Route 4 is still to be determined.
St. Mary’s Market Place got approval from the St. Mary’s County Planning Commission in February 2013 for a 91,000-square-foot shopping center on 14 acres. At the time the project was expected to host a new pharmacy, a new grocery store and relocate existing businesses in the Bay Country Shopping Center. A previous owner of the project intended to move the Food Lion grocery store out of the Laurel Glen shopping center to St. Mary’s Market Place, but the commissioners objected to that three years ago.
St. Mary’s Market Place, as a condition of its approval, is to build a new section of FDR Boulevard from St. Andrew’s Church Road to connect with another piece of the road in Wildewood.
St. Mary’s County government this year is to build another section of FDR Boulevard from the First Colony development to Chancellor’s Run Road.