The Rouse Company asked a Howard County Circuit Court judge on Friday to dismiss an appeal by opponents of its Benson Business Center, now under construction.
Rouse Co. lawyer Susan M. Reutershan argued before county Circuit Court Judge Cornelius F. Sybert Jr. that the Route 108 Coalition is not aggrieved by the Dec. 4 Planning Board decision to allow the center to proceed because it owns no property affected by the development of a 131-room hotel, gas station/car wash and five restaurants.
The group's appeal should therefore be dismissed, Reutershan told Sybert.
Agreeing that the coalition owns no property, its attorney, Leonard Schwartz, asked that Sybert permit the group to amend its appeal. Instead of naming the coalition as the appellant, he asked that the coalition's individual property owners -- many of whom live within the legally prescribed 1,500 feet of the Rouse Co. property -- to be named as appellants.