Higher signs, front parking OK'd in Bel Air's revised Route 24 plan HARFORD COUNTY BUSINESS

September 12, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

The Bel Air Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the revised Route 24 Overlay District plan last Monday evening.

The plan is a set of guidelines that commercial developers must follow when building between MacPhail Road and the northern boundary of the town just beyond Harford Mall. Revisions were made in several areas, including setback requirements -- the distance a building must be from the road -- parking restrictions and sign sizes.

Existing buildings in the district are not affected by the plan.

"We are pleased with the passing of this legislation," said Carol Diebel, director of planning and community development for the Town of Bel Air. "A great deal of work was spent on the plan by members of the Community Development Commission, as well as people from various government agencies.

"We feel it is a very workable plan that fits the wants and needs of the town as well as developers."

Road setback requirements under the revised plan remain at 75 feet. Parking, restricted in the original document written earlier this summer only to the sides and rear of buildings, is now allowed in front and, signs can be 15 feet in height instead of the original 8 feet.

Ms. Diebel said that a brochure, complete with drawings, will be made available to developers within the next two months. She said it will contain all develop requirements in the district and the names of people involved in the permit process.

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Voith Hydro Inc. has delivered a huge new turbine to Philadelphia Electric Co's Conowingo Hydroelectric Station at U.S. 1 along the Susquehanna River in Conowingo.

The new turbine, which is 19 feet in diameter, 11 feet high and weighs 117,000 pounds, replaces one that failed in August 1992. It is one of four new turbines that Conowingo will install in the coming years as part of a renewal program for the 65-year-old hydro station.

Installation at Conowingo is expected to be completed by November.

In operation, the turbine will generate 65,000 kilowatts of electricity, enough to serve the continuous energy needs of 1,600 residential customers.

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Havre de Grace officially opened the $300,000 extension of its waterfront promenade Sept. 2 with a ceremony at the Tydings Park Yacht Basin entrance to the walkway.

The opening marked the completion of the second phase of the three-phase promenade project. The original phase of the Promenade connected the Maritime Museum to the Bayou Condominiums.

When complete, the cost for the entire project will be $1.2 million, according to Stan Ruchlewicz, director of the Havre de Grace department of planning.

Phase II of the project extends the boardwalk portion of the promenade south to the city's yacht basin and north to Lafayette Street just east of the Maritime Museum site.

The improvements include brick and mortar entrance ways, information kiosks at either end of the promenade, a gazebo and a sitting wall that provides a panoramic view of the Chesapeake Bay.

A third phase of promenade project will extend the walkway to the Concord Point Lighthouse after rounding Point Conquest. Work is scheduled to start sometime within fiscal year 1993-1994.

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Bel Air Apothecary has expanded its medical needs product line include oxygen service, home medical equipment, diabetic and ostomy products, ambulatory aids and incontinent supplies.

The products are supplied by Eastern Medical Supplies of Baltimore.

Bel Air Apothecary, owned by John Conrad, is at 2105 Laurel Bush Road.

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