County wants developer to set stage GLEN BURNIE

January 07, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

The county will build a performing arts pavilion on the Superblock in 1994 only if it fails to attract a developer who includes the facility or something similar on the Glen Burnie site.

The county's decision, explained yesterday at the first meeting in six months of the advisory Glen Burnie Cultural Arts Pavilion Committee, pleased some people but saddened others.

"I'm excited now. I will work very closely with [the Department of] Planning and Zoning and with the administration," said County Councilman C. Edward Middlebrooks, a Democrat whose district includes Glen Burnie. "I think we are going to -- finally -- see something done with the Superblock."

The property, a parking lot and pitted-gravel area, is the last large vacant parcel in the Urban Renewal District and has been undeveloped for more than a decade.

But others at the meeting, who had hoped to unveil the pavilion during Glen Burnie's Memorial Day festivities, were upset.

"There's absolutely no pavilion this summer. I'm disappointed," said Committee Member Lois Gross.

"It's an appeasement," Committee Member Mikki Griffith said after the meeting. The former chairwoman of the Anne Arundel County Commission on Culture and the Arts said several small local performing arts organizations had hoped to show off their talents at a town center pavilion this summer.

Kathleen Koch, assistant planning and zoning officer, unveiled the county's sketch of a redesigned pavilion: a 20-foot-by-44-foot wooden structure with a roof and platform stage, lawn seating for about 500 people and 76 parking spaces.

The project would cost about $150,000 and be located on the Crain Highway side of the Superblock opposite the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. building. It would take up about one-third of the block. The committee had suggested to the county last May a tent-like structure with a similar price.

Ideally, Ms. Koch said, a developer will propose something more elaborate for which the county will not have to pay. The county will build its version only if no developer steps forward.

The county is forming a committee of about six people from the Glen Burnie area to begin work on a request for proposals on mixed-use development. A tentative timetable calls for the request to be issued by the end of February with responses due by early summer. The advisory group would then have several months to review the proposals and make recommendations to the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal Advisory Commission.

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