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Delaware Co. Outlet Mall Developers: Annexation Possible if Zoning Overturned
BERKSHIRE TWP., Ohio (Ken Hines) -- Developers of a proposed Delaware County outlet mall say they will petition to have the land planned for the facility annexed into another city if voters try to block construction.
Berkshire Twp. voters could decide to overturn zoning for the Tanger Outlets mall in November, an effort supported by the desire of residents like Robin Perry, who believes the large shopping facility would bring with it traffic problems, as well as noise and light pollution.
"Oh, its beautiful country out here. I love just being quiet," Perry said.
Despite their vocal opposition, however, Perry and like-minded residents realize they might be fighting a losing battle after a recent post to the company's website that details possible a possible response if they lose the upcoming vote.
In the post, company officals address the possibility of having the land annexed by a nearby city -- along with accompanying financial benefits -- if Berkshire Twp. voters reject the zoning.
"A first option would be to annex to either Sunbury or Columbus," the statement reads. "This could also move tax dollars and other benefits from Berkshire to other municipalities."
Despite the website message -- which is viewed as a threat by some opponents -- a Tanger spokesperson told ABC 6/FOX 28 that company officials are "dedicated to staying in the township, and have had no discussions regarding annexation."
Perry believes her community is being "overrun" by outside business interests, and questions whether opponents of the mall have any realistic chances of preventing its construction in their neighborhood.
"More or less, it's going to happen anyway," she said.