WESTMINSTER — Cranberry Square, a new 125,000-square-foot shopping center at the intersection of Route 140 and Center Street was dedicated at ribbon-cutting ceremonies Friday.
Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown took part.
The ribbon-cutting was followed by a tree-planting ceremony with students from the Little People's Place Child Development Center in Westminster. The consumer grand opening was staged yesterday and continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Cranberry Square is a project of the Columbia-based KMS Group Inc., a Howard County subsidiary of Constellation Real Estate Group of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
The center is anchored by the county's first 56,000-square-foot Giant Food. Giant opened for business April 17.
Other Cranberry Square tenants include: The Cleaners at Cranberry, Cranberry Liquors, Feed Exchange, G & S Jewelers, Hair Styles, Household Bank, Jiffy Lube, Ledo's Pizza, North China Chinese Restaurant, Optic Ivy, Race Pace, Wendy's and Westminster Photo.
Cranberry Square can be expanded by an additional 32,000 square feet of in-line space and two pad sites. No timetable has been determined on the construction of the Phase II portion of the shopping center.
"Several years ago, we recognized Westminster and Carroll County as major growth areas, so we are extremely excited about the prospects of Cranberry Square," said Peter M. Kirk,president and chief executive officer of KMS.
According to figures from the Carroll Department of Economic Development, the county is expecting major growth over the next decade.
The county has more than 125,000 residents in 41,000 households with a per capita income of $15,871.
Cranberry Square was designed by DNC Architects of Rockville, Montgomery County. Parkway Construction of Hanover, Anne Arundel County, was the general contractor.
Hicks and Rotner is the leasing agent.
ATTORNEY EXPANDS OFFICE
Carroll County Attorney Dale R. Reid has announced the expansion of his professional services to include family law mediation.
He recently received instruction in family law mediation from the National Center of Mediation Education in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County.
Reid has hadhis own law practice in the area since 1977.
BOARD APPROVES REQUEST
The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a variance request for a business sign in Eldersburg for the third time.
Frank E. Dimick requested the variance that would waive the minimum required front setback of 40 feet and ask for 318 square feet of additional sign area in excess of the maximum allowablesign area of 160 feet at 1838 Liberty Road.
The board, in 1987 and 1988, authorized variance requests to Dimick for the business sign.Finding that the request was reasonable and would not unduly affect adjoining properties, the board authorized the variance.
BOARD REJECTS REQUEST
The Carroll County Board of ZoningAppeals has turned down a request from Jon R. and Connie L. Buck foran enlargement and a non-conforming use of a building in the 6900 block of Sykesville Road, Sykesville.
Buck made the request to use an old mill building on his property for his business, Buck Industries, an engineering research firm.
Although the mill, along with Buck's home and barn, are situated on 16 acres, the board found that the purpose for which Buck wants to use the mill is a non-conforming use for that area.
Buck wants to use the mill for storing supplies that would be used elsewhere in performing contractual work over a lengthy period of time.
The mill building previously was used for storage by an appliance store and insurance business.
However, the board said that using the mill for storage is not comparable to operatingthe engineering research business, and denied the request.