We want your opinions

April 08, 2007

ISSUE:

With at least 12,000 jobs arriving at Fort Meade over the next four years, developers, other business leaders and civic activists think Anne Arundel County should pour in millions of dollars now to build roads, a pedestrian bridge and other projects to make the 40-year-vision of the Odenton Town Center a reality.

A recent draft study prepared for the county's economic development agency said if Anne Arundel fails to spend at least $30 million to improve Odenton's infrastructure, the concept of a unified community of homes, businesses and retailers, convenient for walkers, on 1,600 acres will die and developers will erect a mixture of smaller projects to serve the wave of defense workers.

YOUR VIEW:

Given the growth demands facing the county, coupled with limited funding resources, should County Executive John R. Leopold fund projects to jump-start the building of the town center?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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