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July 1, 1997
DEVELOPMENT OF ODENTON'S high-density retail and commercial nucleus has hit another snag. The Maryland Department of the Environment has denied a permit to build on about 11 acres of non-tidal wetlands, meaning that Anne Arundel County planners have to return to the drawing board. They are confident that this latest delay won't unravel their plans, 29 years in the making, to carve out a town center in the western part of the county.When Anne Arundel officials selected Odenton as a potential town center in 1968, protection of wetlands was not an environmental priority.
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By Artika Rangan and Artika Rangan,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2004
Downtown Bel Air will experience a parking shortage of more than 800 spaces within the next five to 10 years, according to the Bel Air Town Center Parking Study's summary report. The study, released July 14, found that numerous projects in the Town Center will increase parking demands in the area. Such projects include a new District Court building, Board of Education building, Bel Air Cultural Arts complex, Ropewalk Tavern and an office building on South Main Street. Bel Air currently has about 4,585 public and private parking spaces ---- a surplus of 51 spaces, according to the report.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | April 28, 2006
Town Center residents casting ballots tomorrow for seats on the Columbia Council and village board will be doing more than choosing the most eligible candidates. They will be part of the village's history. For the first time, citizens living in two annexed parcels of Town Center - the Evergreens apartments and Lakeside condominiums - have the right to cast ballots. This month, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed legislation allowing residents in annexed portions of Town Center to run for office and vote in the election.
NEWS
By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1995
Anne Arundel County has all but chosen a Baltimore firm to develop the Glen Burnie Town Center, now a gravel parking lot in the heart of the town's urban renewal district.The county has given Six C/D Associates, an investment partnership working with developer Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse of Baltimore, 90 days to prepare detailed plans for a combination of residential, offices and specialty shops, along with an outdoor performing arts arena or ice rink.If the county approves, Six C/D will handle commercial development and Struever Bros.
NEWS
August 4, 1991
The developer of Bel Air Town Center, a new shopping center in Bel Air, has filed for bankruptcy protection.Columbia-based McGill Development Co., a large commercial real estate developer in the Baltimore area, filed for Chapter 11 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on July 22. McGill filed for reorganization along with two of its subsidiaries.In the filing, McGill Development Co., a general partner in various limited partnerships that own and operate shopping centers, listeddebts of $52.8 million.
NEWS
By PETER HERMANN and PETER HERMANN,Staff writer | October 7, 1990
Plans for the county's third Town Center are on the verge of crumbling, with the major developer threatening to pull out of the project and a deal to build an interchange at Route 32 on hold.The fate of the 218-acre Town Center parcel, located near the intersection of routes 32 and 175 across from the Seven-0aks housing project, rests on a County Council vote Monday and a state agreement which has yet to be signed.The council is scheduled to vote on a growth management bill which would place restrictions on developers in Town Center, including reducing density levels and limiting the height of buildings to eight stories.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Schlow and Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff | April 1, 1991
The shells of Towson Town Center's three new ceiling dome give only a small indication of what's taking place within the new building, as construction continues at the expanding mall.Scheduled to be unveiled in mid-October, the completed mall will add 600,000 square feet of new retail space to the 195,000 square feet in the existing mall. Sixty percent of the new building is complete.The mall, which will include Baltimore's first Nordstrom's department store, is being developed by the San Diego-based Hahn Co., a shopping center developer.
NEWS
By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2004
As the Howard County Zoning Board is poised to rule on the Rouse Co.'s petition to add a significant number of residences in downtown Columbia, County Council Democrats are sponsoring an amendment to the comprehensive rezoning bill that would alter the approval process for new development in Town Center. The amendment would allow the Zoning Board - whose members consist of the five councilmen - to review changes to the comprehensive sketch plan in Town Center. Currently, the appointed members of the Planning Board determine such decisions.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1999
As key components in the final phase of the long-planned Glen Burnie Town Center near completion, some additional ambitious plans for the center are beginning to take shape.The 56,000-square-foot shopping center at the heart of the 5.5-acre town center site is nearly fully leased, with a grand opening set in February and a Food Lion grocery store as the anchor. The 54-unit adjacent apartment complex is under construction, and the county plans to break ground on a skating rink this week.Meanwhile, the committee overseeing Glen Burnie's downtown revitalization is studying two other major projects: a proposed national drugstore chain with a drive-through pharmacy, construction of an upscale hotel conference center at the LaFontaine Bleu banquet hall site and expansion of the town center boundaries.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | February 8, 2009
The county Planning Board is weighing conflicting visions of the fears and hopes generated by plans for a major urbanization of Columbia's town center as board members prepare to make their own recommendations. The divide was clearly outlined in remarks at a Thursday night public hearing by Long Reach resident Russel Swatek and the Business Alliance, which represents 46 local business owners. "Some don't want a city," Swatek, a five-year resident, said about the plans to urbanize Town Center.
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