Pavilion-like project backed for Superblock GLEN BURNIE

April 16, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

Any redevelopment of the Superblock should create a "heart" for Glen Burnie and "hub" for small businesses, according a draft report by the committee writing guidelines for potential developers of the 5.6-acre site.

The draft, issued yesterday to the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal Advisory Committee for its feedback, discusses goals for what should go on the land that has remained a pitted, vacant county lot for more than a decade. An eyesore prominently fronting Ritchie Highway and sitting amid small businesses, it is the last large empty parcel in the Urban Renewal District.

The panel recommended that a developer build something similar to the performing and cultural arts pavilion that the community sought at the site and that the county deferred building this year. However, it need not be a pavilion; Architects advising the group suggested that a developer consider using a design similar to the brick plaza in front of the county government's adjacent Arundel Center North building.

The panel said development on the site should maintain the same scale of neighboring development; provide a mix of business, retail and residential uses; include pedestrian walkways and adequate parking; allow for varied access to the different areas; have a flexible enough design to vary uses with market demands; increase the county's tax base; and complement existing buildings.

The county had hoped to begin soliciting proposals from developers this spring, but probably will wait until August, because of the work that still needs to go into the soliciting document, said Pat Barland, the county's commercial revitalization coordinator.

The committee charged with soliciting proposals will continue working, blending its ideas with those of several community groups and the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. The county's land-use plan for the site -- which called for its development as a parking garage and office building, with some retail space -- will need to be changed, and that alone is a lengthy process, including public hearings.

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