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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2003
The owners of the vacant Parole Plaza shopping center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, forcing cancellation of a foreclosure auction set for yesterday, and buying much-needed time to execute possible sale of the property in the next few weeks. Anne Arundel County officials - who found out about the federal bankruptcy court filing yesterday morning - worried that it further complicates plans to revitalize the 1960s-era shopping center. "We are disappointed that this may result in further delay [in redevelopment]
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2003
The owners of the vacant Parole Plaza shopping center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, forcing cancellation of a foreclosure auction set for yesterday, and buying much-needed time to execute possible sale of the property in the next few weeks. Anne Arundel County officials - who found out about the federal bankruptcy court filing yesterday morning - worried that it further complicates plans to revitalize the 1960s-era shopping center. "We are disappointed that this may result in further delay [in redevelopment]
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2003
The owners of the vacant Parole Plaza shopping center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, forcing cancellation of a foreclosure auction set for yesterday, and buying much-needed time to execute possible sale of the property in the next few weeks. Anne Arundel County officials - who found out about the federal bankruptcy court filing yesterday morning - worried that it further complicates plans to revitalize the 1960s-era shopping center. "We are disappointed that this may result in further delay [in redevelopment]
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 1, 2002
The Maryland Department of the Environment is investigating a dry cleaning business near the shuttered Parole Plaza for the possible presence of perchloroethylene, a toxic chemical and potential human carcinogen. Anne Arundel County officials are aware that the owner of the property, Carl Freedman of Cherry Hill, N.J., entered into a voluntary compliance program with the state, said county spokeswoman Pam Jordan in a statement released Wednesday. County officials are in contact with the state agency in an effort to "ensure that no citizens are endangered," she said.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2003
Bernstein Cos. - a Washington development company with a large portfolio of properties in the Annapolis area, including the Bank of America building on Riva Road - has bought the mortgage note for Parole Plaza, an action that could portend foreclosure proceedings. The note was held by Fleet Bank of Boston. The owners of the shopping center, a partnership based in New Jersey, are negotiating a long-awaited sale of the property. Recently, developers from Annapolis and Georgia tried unsuccessfully to buy the mall, which the county wanted redeveloped as a retail and residential hub. Carl Freedman, head of the development company in Cherry Hill, N.J., that owns the mall, said yesterday that Parole Plaza partners might again be close to selling the 35-acre property.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2000
Anne Arundel County political leaders say it looks increasingly likely the state will spend millions of dollars to help revive moribund Parole Plaza near Annapolis and turn it into a model of Smart Growth's revitalization potential. The plaza's owner hopes to make the project more eco-friendly by planting a rain-absorbing "meadow" atop a planned Wal-Mart store - one way, he says, to reduce damaging runoff that has been diverted into a nearby tributary and the Chesapeake Bay. "It has gotten a lot more refined," Carl Freedman said of his plan to turn the haggard, suburban-style shopping mall into a sprawling mixed-use development, with gleaming office and residential towers up to 20 stories high and several parking garages.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | September 20, 2002
An Atlanta company with deep roots in retail development, including a long list of projects with Wal-Mart, is poised to purchase the shuttered Parole Plaza, an eyesore that has annoyed Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens and residents for years. County officials confirmed yesterday that representatives of Jacoby Development Inc. have signed a purchase agreement with Carl Freedman, a Cherry Hill, N.J., developer whose family has owned the site since 1958, and whose plans for a $250 million makeover have been stalled for nearly a decade.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 7, 2001
The Anne Arundel County Council narrowly approved a controversial bill Monday that would hold Parole Plaza redeveloper Carl Freedman to design standards set last spring. The legislation, introduced by Annapolis Democrat Barbara D. Samorajczyk, was adopted in a 4-to-3 vote. It was not supported by County Executive Janet S. Owens. Samorajczyk argued that without the imposition of design standards, Freedman could move ahead with construction of a WalMart and residential tower without considering resident-approved building criteria.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 21, 1999
County Executive Janet S. Owens has appointed a new citizens' panel to review Anne Arundel County's plan to turn the area on the western edge of Annapolis from an ugly sprawl of parking lots and strip shopping centers into a cohesive urban center.She has asked the 22-member group to review the plan and regulations governing Parole's development and redevelopment. She wants the panel to issue a final report within the next year and make interim recommendations.An earlier citizens' committee presented in 1994 a plan for the 1,500 acres on the western border of the city that called for pedestrian walkways, improved transportation, distinctive street-level features and preservation of environmentally sensitive areas.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2003
Bernstein Cos. -- a Washington development company with a large portfolio of properties in the Annapolis area, including the Bank of America building on Riva Road -- has bought the mortgage note for Parole Plaza, an action that could portend foreclosure proceedings. The note was held by Fleet Bank of Boston. The owners of the shopping center, a partnership based in New Jersey, are negotiating a long-awaited sale of the property. Recently, developers from Annapolis and Georgia tried unsuccessfully to buy the mall, which the county wanted redeveloped as a retail and residential hub. Carl Freedman, head of the development company in Cherry Hill, N.J., that owns the mall, said yesterday that Parole Plaza partners might again be close to selling the 35-acre property.
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October 18, 2001
Celebrity baggers to raise money for abused children An Olympic gold medalist and local elected officials will be among about two dozen people bagging groceries at an Annapolis food store Saturday to raise money for child victims of domestic violence. Theresa Andrews, a former Annapolis resident who won two gold medals in 1984 swimming events, will be at the checkout line at Graul's Market, along with others who will pack groceries for tips destined for the children's programs, said Michelle Mayoral, coordinator the Anne Arundel County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
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