Firm gets go-ahead to prepare plans for Town Center project

November 16, 1995|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County has all but chosen a Baltimore firm to develop the Glen Burnie Town Center, now a gravel parking lot in the heart of the town's urban renewal district.

The county has given Six C/D Associates, an investment partnership working with developer Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse of Baltimore, 90 days to prepare detailed plans for a combination of residential, offices and specialty shops, along with an outdoor performing arts arena or ice rink.

If the county approves, Six C/D will handle commercial development and Struever Bros. will handle residential development. If not, the county could turn to Della Ratta Inc. of Silver Spring, the only other company to submit a proposal, said Patricia A. Barland, the county commercial revitalization manager.

J. Lawrence Mekulski, one of three partners in Six C/D, said his group is excited about having a shot at landing the project.

"It's going to be challenging and interesting, and I think we can pull it off," he said.

Vacant for 15 years, the 5.56-acre parcel is the last piece of undeveloped, county-owned property in the urban renewal district. It is next to Arundel Center North.

Mr. Mekulski said the Town Center is "a good piece of real estate" in a heavily traveled section.

In the next 90 days, the developers will refine architectural and engineering plans, obtain cost estimates, meet with bankers and search for potential tenants.

An attempt last year to develop the Town Center fell through after developer George W. Stone of Pasadena said he needed subsidies to make the project feasible. Mr. Stone had proposed a $10 million to $15 million project.

County officials have pulled together $2 million in state and county subsidies for the project.

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