Glen Burnie

January 28, 1993

Ideas to be sought for Superblock

A group of area residents and business operators will join county planners tomorrow to try and attract developers with new ideas for developing the Superblock.

The county hopes that by changing the permitted use of its 5.6 acre lot on Ritchie Highway from an office park -- there has been a glut of office space in North County for several years -- to a mixed-use project, it can interest potential builders. The notice that will go out to developers this spring is expected to outline a development that includes residences, small shops and a pavilion or other open-air performing arts area.

Kathleen Koch, assistant planning and zoning officer, said the county will build a performing arts pavilion on the Superblock -- which the community has been clamoring for -- next year only if developers do not agree to build it.

Representing the community on the "RFP Committee" are:

Micki Griffith, former chairman of the county commission on Culture and the Arts, for the Glen Burnie Cultural Arts Pavilion Committee; businessman James Russell for the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal Advisory Committee; businessman Charles Parlato for the downtown merchants; Kathy DeGrange for the 1,100-member Glen Burnie Improvement Association; former state Sen. Alfred Lipin for the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce; engineer Dan Boyd for the chamber's Town Center Committee; and Henry Hein, chairman of the board of the Bank of Glen Burnie, for local property owners.

Mr. Hein and Mr. Lipin also serve on the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. Last year, the Town Center group asked developers in the area to come up with financially sound proposals for the Superblock, the last major parcel on undeveloped property in the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal District, which has languished undeveloped for more than a decade.

Developers pitched largely residential uses, with some stores and an open-air public area near low-rise condominium apartments.

Gunman robs Pizza Hut

A gunman robbed the Pizza Hut restaurant in the 7900 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie early yesterday.

At 12:30 a.m., investigators said, an employee was leaving the restaurant when the gunman, wearing a stocking cap over his face, forced her to go back inside. He took an undetermined amount of money from a safe before leaving the restaurant.

Police gave no description of the robber.

Man, wife plead guilty to not paying taxes

A Glen Burnie husband and wife have pleaded guilty to failing to pay $21,000 in state income taxes that they withheld from paychecks of employees at their business.

Earl Hubbard, 63, and Bertha Hubbard, 59, of Greenland Beach Road admitted in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Tuesday that they failed to file the withholdings for employees who worked at their business, Glen Burnie Counter Tops, Inc., of the 4000 block of Old Washington Blvd., in 1989 and 1990.

Instead of paying taxes with the money taken out of paychecks, the Hubbards kept the money and spent a portion of it on themselves, said Carolyn H. Henneman, assistant attorney general.

Mr. Hubbard pleaded guilty to misappropriation of funds, and Mrs. Hubbard pleaded guilty to willful failure to file withholding tax returns.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set sentencing for March 15.

POLICE LOG

* Glen Burnie: Burglars broke into a 1989 Pontiac LeMans parked in the 600 block of Hallmark Drive and took stereo equipment. The value of the property was not known.

* Glen Burnie: A resident of the 500 block of Amberly Road told police that someone broke into her home Tuesday. Nothing was taken.

* Lombardee Beach: Burglars broke into a shed behind a home in the 900 block of Lombardee Circle Saturday and stole tools, a bicycle and a space heater. The value of the property was not known.

* Southgate: A resident of the 100 block of Scotts Manor Drive told police that someone broke into his home Monday and took jewelry valued at $3,650.

* Towering Oaks: Vandals broke the side view mirror of a 1979 Chevrolet Blazer parked in the 900 block of Dorking Road Monday.

* Marley: A resident of the 200 block of Sandsbury Avenue told police that someone took four pieces of lawn furniture from his front porch Monday.

* Glen Burnie Heights: Burglars stole $654 worth of stereo equipment from a 1896 Chevrolet Astro parked in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue Sunday.

* Glen Burnie: Burglars stole $256 from the Homestyle Family Buffet in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway Sunday.

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