Residents to see plan for campus

Villa Julie College proposes Owings Mills dorm, center

March 17, 2003|By Jarrett Carter | Jarrett Carter,SUN STAFF

Villa Julie College is prepared to present plans for a satellite campus in Owings Mills to a neighborhood council early next month.

About six miles from the main campus in Stevenson, the new facilities would include more than 500 units of student housing and a community center with classrooms.

A small, private school with an enrollment of about 2,250, the college does not have on-campus housing. Three hundred-twenty students live in the Colony, an apartment complex leased by the college in Towson.

"We want to give our students more of a genuine college experience," said Glenda LeGendre, marketing director for Villa Julie. "The new location will enable the students to have more activities and programs."

The college expects to present its plans to the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council next month.

"College officials promised to design the housing so it looks like a village, not a high-rise building, so it won't be visible from Owings Mills Boulevard," said Vicki Almond, council president. "I think that this will be a good use for the property."

The new apartments would allow 230 more students to live in college housing, raising the total number to 550. Upon completion of the new dormitory, the college will discontinue leasing the Colony apartment complex.

The school has signed a letter of intent to construct the new facilities, but has not yet signed an agreement with the developers. The college hopes to break ground at the end of May, with the buildings opening in August 2004, said LeGendre.

The campus would be built on Owings Mills Boulevard, near Reisterstown Road, next to the Baltimore Ravens' training facility. It would be a part of the Boulevard Corporate Center, a mixed-use development project being developed by David S. Brown Enterprises, the Cordish Co. and SJS Development Co. The plans for the center include hotels, restaurants and retail space opening in 2005, said Arthur H. Adler of Brown Enterprises.

LeGendre said the college was looking into relocating adult and continuing education programs from the Woodholme Center in Pikesville to the satellite campus.

"Those programs are continually growing, and its an option that the school is seriously considering," she said.

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