Commercial use still possible on Bestgate Road

July 23, 2002|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Despite a recent court decision prohibiting commercial development at a property along bustling Bestgate Road, a commercial and residential village still could rise on the vacant lot near Annapolis.

Attorneys with the Anne Arundel County Law Office said yesterday that any local decision to rezone the property would supersede last week's Court of Appeals ruling. County officials are set to consider zoning amendments for properties within the greater Annapolis area after the general election Nov. 5.

"Developers could ask for - and get - mixed-use zoning in the near future," David A. Plymyer, deputy county attorney, said yesterday.

Plymyer said comprehensive rezoning, a process that takes place once a decade, could allow Sturbridge Homes of Annapolis and Erwin L. Greenberg & Associates of Baltimore "another bite at the apple."

Last month, Michael DeStefano, president of Sturbridge Homes, said the development team probably would build houses on the 54-acre site after county officials decided not to introduce rezoning maps for the Annapolis area, including the Bestgate Road site, until after the election.

Neither DeStefano or John S. Pantelides of Greenberg & Associates could be reached for comment yesterday. But in recent months they had asked County Council members to give them the zoning to build 120,000 square feet of retail space, 65,000 square feet of office space and 224 condominiums.

County Executive Janet S. Owens has stated publicly that she opposes the mixed-use development plan.

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