Mixed use on Superblock advocated GLEN BURNIE

December 08, 1992|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

Some Glen Burnie area residents last night voiced their preference for a mixed-use development on the Superblock that includes an amphitheater and courtyard.

The county sponsored a town forum last night on the proposed Superblock to help planners get an idea of the kind of development residents want and what they meant when they asked for "public space" at a September forum.

About 40 residents attended last night's meeting and voted their preferences.

The 5.6-acre Superblock, at the intersection of Ritchie Highwanear Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, is the last big undeveloped parcel of land in the Urban Renewal District.

For more than a decade, the county has been unable to get an office complex built there, and only this year has begun entertaining other ideas.

Participants last night rated four design proposals according to the image they projected, the "town center" core use and the nature of the mixed-use project.

The proposals include stores and residential units and some office space in addition to the public area. A common feature of all was open space within the developments, some with courtyards, some with wide walkways and one with a marketplace.

Ardath Cade, county planning and zoning chief, stressed that residents were selecting only ideas from the architectural renderings, not actual designs.

She said planners would use residents' responses to devise a county request for a proposal she hopes will be issued early next year. Whether the county would donate at least a portion of the land and who would maintain the public space would be

determined in negotiations with the developer who has the winning bid.

Participants overall favored two designs:

One by architect John Brunnett, who showed an amphitheater closed off from all the roads, which he said would enhance acoustics and aesthetics; and one by Robert T. Hofmann and Associates, which developer George W. Stone showed earlier this year to county officials and which set aside an amphitheater to one side.

one design is the perfect design," said Frances Phipps, who ran the meeting for the county.

Some people were not impressed by any of the four designs. Both Muriel Carter, president of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, and board member Kathy DeGrange said they found nothing to recommend any design.

They said the proposed projects seemed to concentrate too much development in one place.

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