Another office plan proposed for complex

Neighbors fear traffic woes at Green Spring Station

November 03, 1999|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

As residents fight two proposals to expand the Green Spring Station complex at Greenspring Valley and Falls roads, a third developer is preparing plans for another office building.

Mullan Enterprises, which owns two buildings in the complex -- and has sided with residents in their battle to defeat two other development proposals at the site -- soon will introduce plans for another building, according to the company's lawyer.

The building would be smaller than the other two proposed developments, said Richard Burch, a Towson lawyer for the real estate and construction company.

But others are concerned that any development on the site at the edge of Green Spring Valley will further congest roads.

"I've still got the same concerns," said Jack Dillon, director of the Valleys Planning Council, a land preservation group that has lobbied to protect Green Spring Valley from development. "There is a major traffic problem there."

Mullan had planned to ask county officials next week for approval to build a three-story, 60,000-square-foot office building on the Joppa Road site. But Burch said those plans were a "mistake" and have been withdrawn. He said the company will seek permission to build a smaller building, although he didn't know the size.

One community leader said Mullan officials had told him they would like to build a 36,000-square-foot office building.

"I don't know much of the detail yet," said Jim Tebay, a spokesman for the West Seminary Avenue Home Owners Association Coalition, which is fighting the other two projects at Green Spring Station.

Residents have asked the county to rezone the Green Spring Station site to limit further development, Tebay said.

Zoning on the 50-acre site is a mixture of business and commercial. Residents have asked for a restrictive office complex zone that would eliminate most further development.

Members of the community say traffic near Falls and Greenspring Valley roads has worsened and any expansion of Green Spring Station would aggravate the problem.

Mullan has been a consistent and vocal supporter of the neighborhood groups as they fought development proposals from Foxleigh Enterprises and the owners of the Greenspring Racquet Club.

Those projects have been stymied by community opposition and by a county law that prohibits commercial buildings taller than 35 feet on land adjacent to rural properties.

Foxleigh, which had sought to build an eight-story, 165,000-square-foot structure, last week submitted revised plans calling for a 101,000-square-foot, two-story office and retail building with three levels of underground parking. The new Foxleigh proposal appears to comply with the county's height restriction.

William and Loretta Hirshfeld, owners of the Greenspring Racquet Club, are still battling in Baltimore County Circuit Court for the right to raze the club and build two office buildings with 242,000 square feet of space and a parking deck.

Burch said Mullan decided to submit the development request for the remainder of its 9-acre site in order to "preserve their rights."

He said the company would work with the community to gain support for its project.

Pub Date: 11/03/99

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