Gary signs letter allowing work on undeveloped renewal parcel

September 13, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

County Executive John G. Gary signed a letter of intent yesterday that would allow construction to start next spring on the last undeveloped parcel in the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal district.

"I really do believe this is a new day dawning for Glen Burnie," Gary said during a ceremony in front of the Arundel Center North.

The letter allows the joint-venture group Six C/D Associates, an investment partnership working with developer Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse of Baltimore, to turn the 5.6-acre gravel parking lot between Ritchie Highway, New Jersey Avenue and Crain Highway into apartments, shops and offices. It also provides for government subsidies for the project.

The Town Center will have 54 apartments in a three-story building fronting on Crain Highway and 70,000 square feet of commercial space, including 54,000 square feet for a grocery store, in addition to a bank, pharmacy and other specialty shops.

J. Lawrence Mekulski, one of three partners in Six C/D, said his group is "very excited" about the project, which is expected to be completed in 1998.

Mekulski said the group is negotiating with possible tenants, but he would not identify them.

More than 70 residents, elected officials, business leaders and Glen Burnie Town Center committee members attended the ceremony.

"I believe this to be the best day in Glen Burnie," said Henry Hein, a Glen Burnie resident and chairman of the Town Center committee.

For 20 years, county officials and the community have struggled to develop a plan for development of the parcel, formerly known as Superblock.

The most recent attempt to develop the Town Center fell through two years ago after George Stone, a Pasadena developer, said he needed more government subsidies.

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

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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