Revised plans for Centre 9500 get approval

December 23, 1992|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

The county Planning Board yesterday approved a new set of plans for a 352-acre residential, commercial and golfing community in Elkridge.

Details of the Centre 9500 development, a project to be built northwest of the Interstate 95 and Route 100 interchange, must still be approved by county planning and zoning officials.

The revised plans call for 165 acres of offices, warehouses or research facilities, 181 acres with 186 town houses and 174 detached houses, and 6 acres for a Columbia-style village shopping center.

Plans also must be approved for an 18-hole, par 71, 6,600-yard golf course that developers hope to begin building in March. The course would be constructed under the partnership of Coscin Adler, Lovell America Inc. and Brantly Development Corp. Developers expect to complete the course by summer 1994 and will sell it to the county government for $6 million.

The Department of Planning and Zoning had refused to recommend initial plans two weeks ago because of concerns that included the layout of the project's roads and homes. The developers submitted revised plans Dec. 16, said Elmina Hilsenrath, division chief of community planning and land development.

"There was some real positive movement on this plan in the last couple of weeks," Ms. Hilsenrath said.

Under the new plan, developers eliminated 16 town homes and added 16 detached homes.

"We were very pleased that they did that," she said. Under the first proposal, she said, "Many of the units would have their backs to Marshalee Lane and Montgomery Road, and that wasn't in the best interest of the community."

Initial plans had clustered the townhouses in the eastern portion of the property, near Montgomery Road and Marshalee Lane, where they were exposed to noise from passing traffic.

Under the revisions, Bellanca Drive will remain a cul-de-sac rather than being temporarily connected to Montgomery Road, much to the relief of residents who attended the hearing.

"We're very happy," said Steve Heggemann, president of the Marshalee Civic Association and a seven-year resident of Bellanca Drive. "What our residents always wanted was to be isolated."

Had Bellanca Drive been opened, even temporarily, a County Council resolution would have been required to reclose it. Also eliminated was a proposed cul-de-sac system, connecting two lots of detached homes to the western and eastern ends of Marshalee Lane. Now one road will connect to Marshalee Lane.

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