Group opposed to RoFo in Hamilton wins new hearing with testimony

Opponents of a new Royal Farms in Hamilton won a significant victory last night, when the Baltimore City Municipal Zoning and Appeals Board (BMZA) agreed to delay approval and scheduled a Sept. 22 hearing to get more input from the community.

John Murphy, counsel for the group opposed to the convenience store, No RoFo Hamilton, successfully argued that a new meeting should be held that allows the public to speak. On Sept. 22, the board will hear three minutes of testimony from anyone who wishes to speak.

Roop Vijayan, vice president of Glenham Belhar neighborhood association, a newly reorganized group that opposes the store, was excited by the result.

"I'm feeling great," he said. "The BMZA did all they could do, and all that we asked of them. It's obvious that Royal Farms lost a battle because what they were arguing for didn't happen. They wanted to limit us. They wanted no testimony."

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