I received this email this week from Nicole:
My name is Nicole Nelson and I serve on the John Hanson Montessori Parent Teacher Student Association. For the past four years, we have fought the approval of a Super Walmart less than two feet away from our children’s school and have been successful, but Walmart and the developer has returned. The Prince George’s County Planning Board has given the project a green light. We are now gearing up for a legal challenge in circuit court and need financial assistance.
We are asking you to share this GoFundMe link the following link with your membership and social media followers . We are asking for donations as little as $5 and as much as $50. Any donation can help us reach our goal. I have provided links to articles about our journey. Please help us. The video on our page [below, JH] shows the close proximity of the proposed Super Walmart.
Nicole provided the three links below to stories in local media concerning the Walmart.
A proposal to build a Walmart on Oxon Hill Road was approved 4-1 on May 24 by the Prince George’s County Planning Board, but parents of students at the neighboring John Hanson Montessori School say they will appeal the decision to the County Council.
“Despite us voicing our concerns, I don’t think they know the ramifications of the project,” said Nicole Nelson, president of the school’s parent-teacher-student association who cited concerns about increased traffic and crime as well as health effects of construction and traffic. “My biggest concern is the crime… . To cram a Walmart right beside us is unconscionable.”
Three parents spoke against the proposed Walmart on May 24, and almost 100 submitted letters were presented urging the board to vote down the proposal, Nelson said.
Abby Brownback writing in Oxon Hill development near Hanson Montessori OK’d despite parents’ protests for the Gathersburg, Maryland Gazzete.
Wal-Mart has taken another step in its quest to open a Supercenter in Oxon Hill, about a mile from National Harbor.
The chain has submitted an application to Prince George’s County for the construction of a 100,310-square-foot store on 15 acres of vacant land owned by the Peterson Cos. adjacent to John Hanson Montessori School, on Oxon Hill Road near Indian Head Highway.
Wal-Mart pitched the plan two years ago, with the goal of opening the store this year, but the proposal was delayed in the planning approval process because County Council members had issues with the design. The chain worked to redesign the store to address concerns about traffic and safety from council members and residents who said the proposed store was too close to the school.
Luz Lazo writing in Wal-Mart resumes pursuit of Oxon Hill site for the Washington Post.
Students and faculty at two schools in Prince George’s County are maneuvering to stop plans for a proposed Wal-Mart store in Oxon Hill that would sit next door to the schools.
Developers are proposing a 100,000 square-foot Wal-Mart Super Center for the site near the intersection of Oxon Hill Road and Clipper Way. The store would abut two schools in Prince George’s County – Oxon Hill High School and John Hanson Montessori School. The store will be a part of the Potomac Business Park, a site being developed by the Fairfax,Va.-based Peterson Companies, which also developed National Harbor.
But students said they’re concerned about the impact the neighboring store will have on own their school. Parents at John Hanson Montessori School joined students and staff at Oxon Hill High School in October for a protest near the proposed site of the store and are now petitioning the county council to deep-six the project.
“It’s unconventional to put [a Wal-Mart] next to an elementary school and a high school,” said Gabrielle Headly, 16, a student journalist at Oxon Hill High. “There has been a lot of anti-Wal-Mart things being done.”
Joshua Garner writing in Students Push to Halt Planned Wal-Mart for the The Washington Informer.
Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.Walmart,Wal-Mart