Proposed 165-room hotel in Owings Mills seen as sorely needed addition to business park

August 22, 1996|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

The necessary rezoning hasn't been obtained and not a spade of dirt has been turned, but developers of a planned hotel in the Owings Mills town center are already talking expansion.

"We do recognize that Owings Mills needs a lodging facility today, but as it's continuing to grow, we want to be able to handle that expansion," developer Louis Mangione said PTC yesterday at the formal announcement of a proposed 165-room Hilton hotel.

His point seemed to underscore what Baltimore County officials and business leaders were saying at the news conference -- that Owings Mills badly needs a hotel to accommodate business travelers to its corporate parks and to lure new businesses.

"This was one of the missing ingredients," said County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III. "There's such a need for this type of hotel."

Officials from Mangione Family Enterprises and Hilton Hotels Corp. reviewed plans for a midrise, midpriced hotel within walking distance of Owings Mills Corporate Campus, the centerpiece of county efforts to establish the area as a prestigious corporate center.

The announcement was made in a suite at the corporate campus' GBMC Physicians Pavilion -- a spot that afforded a view of the hotel site.

The hotel would be built on a 3.3-acre parcel at Red Run Boulevard and Painters Mill Road. The Mangiones' family business has agreed to buy the parcel from the Ebelein family and the McDonogh School, which developed the corporate campus.

Mangione said construction is scheduled to begin in April and could be completed by January 1998. The hotel will include meeting rooms and other business amenities.

The property is zoned to allow high-rise apartments, but county planners have supported the property owners' rezoning request to accommodate the hotel. Mangione, a vice president of his family's business, said he expects the County Council to approve the change in October.

"All parties recognize, I think, that a high-quality hotel is needed in this area," Mangione said.

The hotel will be a franchised Hilton Garden Inn, a new model that targets business travelers visiting suburban corporate parks.

Mangione said the hotel's design -- which features a mostly brick exterior with a glass pavilion-lobby -- will complement the nearby corporate campus. Mangione Family Enterprises also is franchisee and management company for the Pikesville Hilton.

Robert L. Hannon, chief of economic development for Baltimore County, said county officials would help speed the project through the development review process.

Charles Vieth, president of T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, one of Owings Mills' largest business tenants, was among the executives welcoming news of the hotel.

"It's a great step forward for the development of Owings Mills and should substantially improve our environment by serving our business meeting needs and providing a comfortable and convenient home away from home for our guests," he said.

Pub Date: 8/22/96

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