Tax help sought for mall proposal Special districts in Hanover, zoning asked by Bachman

July 07, 1998|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County councilman has proposed zoning changes and taxing districts to help pave the way for a megamall to be built in Hanover near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The county would establish taxing districts at the proposed mall site that would raise an estimated $28 million for road and other improvements. It would also change zoning laws to allow "regional commercial complexes" without additional public hearings, under the legislation introduced last night by Councilman George F. Bachman of Linthicum Heights.

The mall, Arundel Mills, would be a shopping and entertainment complex with as many as 200 designer outlets and other stores, theme restaurants and other amenities built by the company that built the large Potomac Mills mall in Dale City, Va.

The arrangement proposed by Bachman is similar to the taxing districts created around the National Business Park near Annapolis Junction in west county that would raise about $14 million for a proposed Route 32 interchange.

Most of the money raised in the Arundel Mills tax increment development district and special taxing district would pay for a new interchange on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and widening the parkway to the site, which is near Route 100.

"In the case of a project this size, you would not have the project without these tax districts," said Richard J. Morgan, director of Arundel Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit agency that promotes business development in the county.

While some West County community groups oppose the mall, citing traffic concerns, Bachman said most of the communities in the area favor the project.

To ease traffic concerns, Bachman said, the Mills Corp., based in Arlington, Va., has agreed to build a convenience shopping center for local residents and pay for improvements to state roads that are not directly part of the development.

The center would contain banks, dry cleaners and other convenience shops for local residents.

Pub Date: 7/07/98

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