Silver Spring Township may be getting a Sam's Club.
During the township Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, representatives of Sam’s Club presented a land development sketch plan for the store, which would replace the now vacant Lowe’s building standing near the Walmart in the Silver Spring Commons shopping center, according to supervisor Nathan Spade.
Spade said the previous building would be razed prior to the construction of the new building.
He also said residents voiced concerns over and the location of the gas station in the proposal.
“I was more concerned about the location of the Sam’s gas station,” he said. “It is in a main intersection within that parking lot, and I think we all had some concerns about the possibility of stacking of vehicles waiting to get in an so-forth.”
Storm water management was also a main concern.
“One of the things that came up is storm water,” Spade said. “The lot already exceeds the maximum impervious coverage, and there was some concern about the storm water facilities on the actual lot itself. However, where Sam’s is going is the former location of Lowe’s, and that building was built at a time when our storm water management ordinance was far less involved as it is now. And with the construction of the new building, storm water will have to be engineered to current standards, which was a concern from two residents in particular.”
He also said the proposed building is almost the exact same size as the unoccupied Lowe’s building, only 1,500 square feet less.
While no formal land-development plan has been submitted, Spade said representatives will be submitting the sketch to the Planning Commission, which meets on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.
Sam’s Club representatives did not immediately return a request for information.