Plans finalized for Edgewood Shopping Plaza

January 30, 2013

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, January 31, 1963:

The final development plan of the Edgewood Shopping Plaza was approved by the county commissioners 50 years ago this week. This would be the first shopping center of its kind in Harford County. When complete the building would be 75,356 square feet of floor space with 22 stores in Edgewood Meadows on more than 15 acres. This fast growing community, when complete, would contain 800 households that would be served by the new center.

Five persons were charged with their participation in a recent burglary of Baker's Garage at Chestnut Street. The group, which included three brothers, their sister and their uncle, was also being questioned about several other recent burglaries throughout Harford County. The family was being held on $1,500 bail on two charges of petty larceny and two counts of breaking and entering

A fire caused substantial damage to a building and equipment at a slate crusher plant near Whiteford operated by the Harford County Highways Department. Damage caused by the fire was expected to be several thousand dollars. A building which housed the crusher and feeder was burned down and the machinery inside damaged. An 80-foot conveyor belt, another shed and all the machinery inside were also damaged in the blaze.

The Custom Rancher of Joppatowne was awarded the "Home Builder of the Year" award by the Association of Home Builders. The award was presented to Leon Panitz of Panitz & Co. Inc., the builders of Joppatowne. The award was made to the builder who contributed the most to his community, charity and civic improvement through his endeavors.

Several hundred feet of copper wire was stolen from the Gatch Quarry and Stone Company near Churchville on Route 136.

The commissioners of Bel Air announced that Gerard Baxter, a Bel Air architect, was hired to draw the plans for a new town office building on Hickory Avenue. The commissioners instructed Baxter to design the building so that its construction cost would not exceed $80,000. A tentative date of October 1963 was set for completion of the building.

The Harford County Board of Education announced that it was purchasing 14 acres adjacent to Aberdeen High School. The board planned to purchase the land from Mr. and Mrs. George Wirsing and Mr. and Mrs. George Carty. The Wirsings and the Cartys would retain their homes and the ground fronting on Paradise Road. The property and the adjacent wooded area, already owned by the Board of Education, would be the site for an Aberdeen Junior High School. The board hoped to have the new school ready for use by the beginning of the 1964-65 school year.

The board of directors for Harford Memorial Hospital announced its 1963 building program, which would add 50 additional beds, as well as a new X-ray department, cystoscopic room and an additional operating room.

Preliminary plans were being made for the second Soap Box Derby in Bel Air. Hosted by the Optimist Club of Bel Air and co-sponsored by the Motor Sales Company, it was hoped that the race could again be run on Main Street. In 1962 at the initial race, several thousand spectators watched the race. Numerous prizes were awarded and the winner won a trip to the National Derby Race held in Indianapolis.

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