Complex will be anything but traditional

November 26, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

The developers of the Village at Waugh Chapel in Crofton compare the proposed shopping and residential complex to everything from the Champs Elysees in Paris to Main Street, America -- anything but a traditional shopping center.

The latter is exactly what area residents and county planners do not want to see built on the 71 acres at Route 3 and Waugh Chapel Road.

Developer Robert DeStefano has submitted the conceptual design plan to the county, six months after the County Council approved landmark legislation to allow the suburban community center.

The village will cost $45 million to $50 million to build, and DeStefano is determined to break ground in June.

"This project in every respect will be not 100 percent but 1,000 percent better than anything that has ever been done in this county," DeStefano said last week. "When people walk in, they will say, 'It is as beautiful as we were told it was going to be.' "

County officials, who will decide whether to accept the conceptual plan, will accept nothing less, said Steven R. Cover, director of Planning and Code Enforcement.

"This particular site we would accept nothing less than superior as far as site design, quality of architecture," Cover said.

Under the legislation, a planning advisory committee of business people and residents is reviewing the plans and making recommendations for architectural and landscape standards. Requiring community input during the planning process is considered revolutionary.

"Other planning directors in other counties are watching," Cover said.

But beyond the process, the developers say their project will set a new standard for development in the county.

The initial legislation calls for "exemplary architecture," and a second bill passed by the county in September lays out guidelines for the quality of architecture, landscaping, and building colors.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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