Downtown Glen Burnie merchants want to show their county councilman just what they're talking about when they say that unsightly storefronts and litter in the streets give the area a depressed appearance.
"If you all make a list, I'll come down one Saturday morning and we'll go around . . . and see if we can get any of these things addressed," Councilman C. Edward Middlebrooks promised a group of about 10 business people who met yesterday with county planning and zoning officials. The tour probably will be next month, they agreed.
Sigrid Kingsbury, office manager of the O'Conor Piper & Flynn realty office on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, said she could be ready at a moment's notice if it would help resolve long-standing problems, such as the appearance of vacant storefronts.
County officials had invited 87 merchants and business representatives in the downtown area to the meeting, largely to hear their views on potential Superblock redevelopment and to ask them to send a representative to the county committee that will draft a request for proposals from developers. "We want to assure that we have a partnership here," said Patricia Barland, commercial revitalization manager.
As merchants mentioned such things as trash in the streets, they also complained that the the 5.6-acre Superblock site on Ritchie Highway is itself an eyesore that detracted from their businesses. Mr. Middlebrooks referred to its appearance as a "mini-Beirut."
Kathleen Koch, assistant planning and zoning officer, said she is optimistic that the county will land a developer with a good mixed-use plan for the Superblock this year. Tentative plans call for the county to build a landscaped performing arts pavilion on a third of the Superblock in 1994 if no developer is chosen for the Superblock site.