Beidle plan would help Southview rejuvenation


April 14, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SOUTHVIEW Shopping Center remains closed, but maybe not for long.

If County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle has anything do with it, the center will join with the neighboring shopping center and become part of Brooklyn Park's renaissance.

Beidle is sponsoring two pieces of legislation that would work to encourage businesses to move into the abandoned shopping center.

The first piece of legislation would provide tax breaks. The second, "Commercial Revitalization," would allow developers greater flexibility to find new uses for structures that have been vacant at least five years.

"Usually when a building is vacant it means that something has changed in the market," Beidle said. "The building is not quite as useful as it was before.

"The Glen Burnie Town Center is a good example of this. Maybe the space is better suited for something other than retail, maybe retail with offices on the second level. This would allow for more creative thinking.

"This isn't an easy piece of legislation. I've been working on this for over a year. Bill Badger from the County Economic Development Corporation has scheduled a meeting with the owners of the shopping center.

"Del. Joan Cadden, Sen. Philip Jimeno and I will attend and meet with them. I very anxious to see their concept plan.

"With Brooklyn Park, they [businesses] have an ideal location. It has easy access to the city and county," she said. "If a business would ask about moving into Brooklyn Park, I would tell them that it is a very stable area well worth considering. Developers have inquired about the space there."

What can the public do to help?

"Support your local businesses," said Beidle. "Overall people in Brooklyn Park take care of their property, they don't litter and they don't destroy property, so that's not an issue. It's really an economic development issue."

And so the Brooklyn Park renaissance continues.

Community association

The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, Morgan Road and 14th Avenue.

The speaker will be a representative from the county's Department of Recreation and Parks, who will provide information on activities at the county's parks, trails and at the North County Recreation Center. Plans for future developments will be discussed.

Information: 410-636-3269.

Spaghetti supper

That classic Italian dish, spaghetti with meat sauce, will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 20 at St. John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger. The repast is sponsored by the Aid Association for Lutherans Branch 7342. All proceeds will be used to benefit the St. John Christian Day School.

Information: 410-355-7295.

Basics of acting

If you've ever watched the actors in a movie or television show and thought to yourself, "I can do that," you can make that thought become reality by enrolling in a class, Fundamentals of Acting, at the Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts.

The class will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, April 15 to May 20. Students will learn basic acting skills, active listening, improvisation and the business of acting.

The cost is $75 for members of the center and $100 for non-members.

The Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts is at 194 Hammonds Lane.

Information: 410-636-6597.

Poetry Tree

The Brooklyn Park library will celebrate National Library Week and National Poetry Month with a Poetry Tree. Stop by and add a verse to the tree.

The library is at 1 E. 11th Ave.

Information: 410-222-6260.

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