'Superblock' forum set for Sept. 28 What will be done with prime site?

September 10, 1992|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

Residents will have a chance to tell county officials what they think ought to go on the "Superblock" -- 5.6 acres of prime undeveloped land in Glen Burnie -- when the county holds a forum Sept. 28 on what to do with that land.

When the county set aside the block adjacent to the Arundel Center North for commercial development 12 years ago, it didn't have just an outdoor plant shop in mind. But no permanent private commercial development has sprouted there. Instead, ambitious urban renewal plans have wilted.

In the latest move to create something besides a plant stand in a parking lot, the county will sponsor a meeting in the Glen Burnie Improvement Association building, said Victor Sulin, director of urban renewal. The meeting is planned to run from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

"The purpose of the meeting is to provide a community forum to re-examine the planning process for the Superblock and what is to be built there," Mr. Sulin said yesterday. Plans for the site call for office space, stores and a parking garage, but that may change depending on what comes out of the meeting, Mr. Sulin said.

Other proposals already have surfaced.

County Councilman Edward Middlebrooks, a Severn Democrat whose district includes Glen Burnie, wants a festival and arts pavilion, at least temporarily.

In addition, two developers have proposed condominium complexes, said Alfred J. Lipin, chairman of the Glen Burnie Town Center Committee of the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce -- a group formed six months ago to jump-start Superblock development.

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