Glen Burnie

December 07, 1992

'Superblock' forum planned tonight

About 80 people are expected to attend tonight's forum on the redevelopment of the Superblock, the county-owned 5.6-acre tract on Ritchie Highway near Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

County officials will present several architects' ideas about what a development that includes a mix of residential, business and zTC public uses would look like, said Glen Mathiasen, community master planner. The public meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Media Building cafeteria at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

At a September forum, community members said they would like a public use to be included in what is the last big tract of undeveloped property in Glen Burnie's Urban Renewal District. Planners hope to emerge from tonight's forum with an understanding of what kind of community use -- a band shell, a park or an arts pavilion, for example -- Glen Burnie residents favor.

County officials hope to seek developers' proposals early next year for the site, said Ardath Cade, director of planning and zoning.

Much of the Superblock is a parking lot by the Arundel Center North, the county government building. After razing buildings on the Superblock site more than a decade ago, the county unsuccessfully sought a developer to build an office and parking garage complex.

A committee of business and community leaders had invited developers to suggest uses for the Superblock this year. So far, three developers have expressed interest in putting a residential complex there.

The county's current plans call for a movable pavilion to be constructed on the Superblock, though that is being reviewed in light of the county's budget crunch.

Baltimore couple robbed at gunpoint

Two Baltimore residents leaving a Glen Burnie furniture store Friday night were robbed by a man armed with a gun who stole the couple's wallet and purse.

Police said Merritt McCauley, 73, and Janet Taylor, 44, had just come out of Levitz Furniture, in the first block of Orchard Road, and were at their car when a man carrying a stainless steel semiautomatic handgun approached shortly after 8 p.m.

The man ran away after getting the wallet and purse. The couple drove to a nearby Holiday Inn and called police.

MTA issues cards at library branch

Employees of the Mass Transit Administration (MTA) will be at the North County Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow to process photo ID cards for eligible MTA riders.

The identification card may be used by senior citizens and anyone with a disability to receive a reduced fare on MTA buses.

For more information, contact the MTA office in Baltimore at 539-5000.

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