Front Royal Gain Momentum

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

The new council has decided to fight the rezoning. Elected on their promises to do so, they are joining the group "Save Our Gateway," which is taking Wal-Mart to court.

"I never thought I'd run for an election to anything and get elected because it's an important issue for people who live here," said Eileen Grady, Front Royal town council member.

Eileen Grady is a new member of the Front Royal town council. She feels it is her duty to fight the rezoning since it was her election platform.

"I think it is incumbent upon us to do what we can to change the outcome of this situation and that means whatever we can through the court system," said Grady.

In a plea sent to the courts Tuesday morning, the current town council said the former town council's decision to rezone was unlawful, not fairly debatable, unreasonable, and invalid. People behind the movement are optimistic about the upcoming ruling on this case.

"It's an unprecedented decision across Virginia, where the town has effectively joined us, who were battling the town against this rezoning. I don't know what will happen to the case when it comes to trial in January but we look forward to a favorable outcome," said Craig Laird, Save Our Gateway President.

The community's stance is still the same: They want Wal-Mart, but just not at the location along 522. The case heads to court in January.


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