Council to hear ideas for Taneytown square

May 04, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Taneytown officials will meet with Land Design Research International Inc. next week to discuss the urban planning company's ideas for revitalizing the Taneytown square area at Baltimore Street and Route 194.

The city hired Columbia-based LDR International to do the revitalization study and create a strategy for rejuvenating what the city will call its Town Centre.

LDR International is supposed to define sites for development, renovation, off-street parking, signs, overhead utilities and road widths.

Craig Watson, an LDR principal on the Taneytown project, said the company will be discussing improvements to areas within the city limits.

"At the existing shopping center, there is no environment. It is a sea of concrete," Mr. Watson said. "There is plenty of space for it, and it could use some landscape."

Company representatives will also discuss renovations to industrial sites.

One of the major projects the company has detailed is the removal of overhead utility wires from the square area.

If this happened, Mr. Watson said, "curbs could be expanded and landscaped, and things could be added to the area like [in] Emmitsburg."

City Manager John L. Kendall and Mr. Watson noted that the abundance of overhead wires poses a problem. "It's going to take some real innovative thought to get that off the ground," he said.

Taneytown's infrastructure may hinder efforts of planners to make certain improvements, such as street lighting as in Emmitsburg, Mr. Kendall said.

LDR International has worked in more than 75 communities across the country, including Baltimore, Westminster, Frederick and, most recently, Easton and Chestertown.

Mr. Watson said he and founding partner Cy Paumier have discussed making a presentation to the New Windsor Heritage Committee. The two are looking forward to spearheading the efforts in Taneytown, he said.

"We've walked the town and driven the town, and it's a town that has been managed really well for the most part," said Mr. Watson.

"We are excited that whatever recommendations we make are not some pie-in-the-sky ideas that can't be done. There are some things that can be implemented in the next one to three years."

LDR International representatives will meet with Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. and the City Council at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

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