Developer seeks OK to build retail center on Timonium parcel Nearby residents wary of latest bid to rezone Aylesbury Road site

September 18, 1996|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF

A prime piece of Timonium property once targeted for a Price Club and then a restaurant park may become a retail hub with a supermarket, strip shopping center and family restaurant.

But there is a catch. The 14.6-acre parcel on Aylesbury Road off Timonium Road must be rezoned from manufacturing to business for the project to proceed. And some nearby residents -- those who derailed the Price Club proposal -- have expressed concerns about the project.

A decision is due Oct. 8, when the County Council votes on requests in the four-year rezoning process. The planning board has recommended that the property retain its zoning, said Kathy Schlabach of the county planning office.

If the rezoning is approved, the site owned by Stebbins Anderson Co. would be sold to Manekin Corp., a Columbia-based developer, said Stebbins President Richard J. Powers. He would not disclose a price.

Plans for the land near the Maryland State Fairgrounds call for three buildings: a 50,000-square-foot grocery store; a group of smaller stores; and a restaurant that would not need a liquor license. Construction is expected to begin next summer.

"We are working with a number of potential customers," said Manekin President Richard Alter, although he did not elaborate on tenants.

But some nearby residents are concerned about increased traffic, especially with the new Bibelot bookstore opening across the street next month, and about the need for another supermarket in an area that contains several.

"I like the idea," said Pat Badore of West Timonium Road. "But do we need another grocery store?"

Powers said the proposed restaurant park is still alive, but added that he was unable to acquire liquor licenses for the four to five restaurants that would make up the complex.

The site has been unoccupied for almost two years since SACO Supply Co. moved to Baltimore.

The initial redevelopment plan, which called for a 136,500-square-foot Price Club, met with vehement community opposition. Area residents expressed fears that traffic would increase in the already congested area if the warehouse-style store was built.

In June 1995, the planning board rejected a zoning waiver the project needed to be built.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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