Boomtown Rehab Plan Outlined

April 17, 1992

A subcommittee looking at the Boomtown strip across from Fort Meade -- now called North Odenton -- is recommending widening Route 175 to five or six lanes, complete with a landscaped median, on-street parking, sidewalks and pedestrian overpasses.

The group also is suggesting that buildings along the road be rehabilitated and overhead utility wires be moved to the rear of properties.

The recommendations will now be considered by the Odenton Growth Management Committee, which will recommend an overall plan for a new community design.

In historic Odenton, another subcommittee is recommending that the train station -- the hub of the historic district -- be upgraded.

"If we don't enhance the train station, then the plan for this area will fall apart," said Jay Winer, a local developerwho began the Piney Orchard development in Odenton.

Winer said the condition of the station and the overcrowded parking lots have a negative impact that must be turned around.

"People come in great numbers and leave," he said. "It would nice if they would stay and support our retail outlets."

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