Owens recommends zoning change in quest for smaller...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 03, 2001

Owens recommends zoning change in quest for smaller Safeway

Making good on a threat to force Safeway Inc. to shrink its proposed South County supermarket, County Executive Janet S. Owens sent the County Council recommendations yesterday to adopt less intensive zoning for the chain's property in Deale.

The council was not scheduled to receive the zoning suggestions in the Deale-Shady Side Small Area Plan, but Owens sped up delivery to pressure Safeway.

Safeway wants to build a 55,000-square-foot grocery store and 22,000 square feet of connected shops. But Owens, under growing political pressure to become more aggressive with the California-based chain, says that is too big.

If Safeway doesn't reduce the store's size - something it is loath to do - Owens will push the small- area plan's recommended "downzoning" of 40 acres of commercial land, including Safeway's site at Routes 256 and 258.

The zoning change, if adopted by the council, would limit Safeway to a 25,000-square-foot store. Owens' tougher stance followed the introduction by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller of legislation, now pending, that would effectively block the Safeway.

Police arrest three men who reported home invasion

Three Glen Burnie men who called county police to report a home invasion yesterday morning were arrested when officers dispatched there saw marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the house, authorities said.

The men remained in jail yesterday afternoon while Anne Arundel officers continued to investigate the reported home invasion.

According to the police, the men said that two men with handguns had forced their way into the house in the first block of Hilltop Road shortly before 1 a.m., demanding to know where drugs, money and a gun were stashed.

The men told police that the robbers left with an undetermined amount of cash, jewelry and a handgun. But police said marijuana was left in plain sight on a living room table.

Roommates Mark A. Delizio, 19, James Edward Roberts, 19, and Michael Ray Painter, 20, were charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, police said.

Youth, 17, trying to buy cigarettes is assaulted

An underage youth who was trying to buy cigarettes at a gas station on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie on Saturday afternoon not only was turned down by the clerk, but was assaulted in a robbery attempt by a group of at least six men, Anne Arundel County police said.

The men removed a partial pack of cigarettes from the teen's coat during the assault, he told police.

The 17-year-old victim - who is not being identified by The Sun because he is a juvenile - was treated at North Arundel Hospital for multiple facial lacerations and released.

Police did not locate his attackers, who reportedly fled toward the rear of the Giant Food store in the 7900 block of Crain Highway.

Friday is deadline to apply for ground `perc testing'

The county Department of Health has announced a Friday deadline to apply for ground percolation testing.

The wet-season "perc testing" - required for a building permit in areas lacking public sewerage - was developed to assess the ability of a septic system to work in all seasons of the year.

Appointments are scheduled on a first-come basis.

Information: the department's Community and Environmental Health Division at 410-222-7193.

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