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Apartment Project in Heart of Odenton Moves Forward

Alta at the Town Center is in final engineering stages. It will feature 214 apartments and 10,500 square feet of retail.

A new apartment complex with ground-floor retail is moving closer to reality, after gaining an endorsement from the Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee Tuesday night.

Alta at the Town Center, a proposed development across from the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department, will include more than 214 apartments and 10,500 feet of retail space.

Bob Eitel, an engineer for the project and member of the town center committee, said the project is moving forward after a series of delays related to the economy and zoning approvals.  

"We're in final engineering," Eitel said at Tuesday's meeting. "I think it's moving as quickly as it can."

Eitel recused himself from voting on the project.

The Hogan Companies of Annapolis are finalizing a sale agreement with Richmond-based Oxford Properties, which would construct, lease and manage the project. The companies will seek final approval from the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning  in June and could begin construction by the end of the year, Eitel said. 

Amenities for the apartment community will include a covered parking area, swimming pool, theater, health club and walking trails.

Tim Hogan of the Hogan Companies, said the poor economy slowed the plan.

"It's been a long road," he said. "We've gone through a pretty rough economic patch [and] we stuck with it."

The project was also held up due to that forced Hogan to request clarification from the county. With that issue resolved, the project can go forward.

The Alta project can be built using existing sewer capacity, unlike other planned projects in the town center area that are waiting for the installation of a new sewer line. 

The town center committee continued its discussion of trying to seek ways to speed the sewer construction. The installation could take several years due to the challenge of gaining rights-of-way through private land and areas controlled by the State Highway Administration.

Other items discussed at the meeting:

- George Cardwell, Anne Arundel County's transportation planning administrator, updated the county's Transportation Functional Master Plan that includes nine corridors and roughly 145 miles of roadway.

The 18-month project–which began in October–will identify potential rights-of-way areas and ways to reduce traffic congestion and should be complete by the end of May, 2012, Cardwell said.

The area of Route 32 through Odenton is one of the nine corridors being studied.

"A year from now we'll have a draft document," he said. "We'd like to believe it's gonna get adopted."

Also, Ellen Miller, principal of developer StonebridgeCarras, showed the committee computer-generated pictures of upscale apartments slated for the north side of the Nevamar site on Route 170. The project will include seven buildings of contemporary design made of brick and metal and is in the permitting process, she said.

The committee's next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on May 31 at the Western District Police Station, 8273 Telegraph Road in Odenton. 

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