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High's Store, Gas Station Proposed for Annapolis Road

The new gas station and car wash would be near Charter Oaks Boulevard, at a now-vacant site of a former Chinese restaurant.

High's Dairy Stores next week will propose building a new gas station, car wash and convenience store at the corner of Annapolis Road and Charter Oaks Boulevard.

The new store would fill a plot of land that has been vacant for more than a year, ever since the demolition of a former Chinese restaurant on the site.

Officials from High's are expected to present their plan at the Tuesday, July 31 meeting of the

The landowner, , struck a deal with High's after a similar proposal with BP gas stations fell through.

High's would bring another hybrid convenience/gas station location to Odenton, similar to the Royal Farms store at the corner of Annapolis Road and Blue Water Boulevard.

Other items on Tuesday's oversight committee agenda include:

  • Matt Harrell, a representative of the Maryland State Highway Administration, will give an update on the timeline for road and intersection improvements on Annapolis Road in front of Fort Meade and into Odenton.
  • Sally Shoemaker of the Odenton Heritage Society will give a presentation discussing the in the Odenton Town Center Master Plan.
  • Steve Horne of Elm Street Development will present the near the intersection of North Patuxent Road and Becknel Avenue. The committee could hold a final vote on whether to recommend the plan.

The full draft agenda of the next meeting of the Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee is attached.

The committee will meet on Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Western District Police station at 8273 Telegraph Rd., Odenton. The meeting is open to the public and there will be time set aside for public comment.

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Michael Crimmins July 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I would much rather it be a High's than other stores. At least High's are always clean and the workers are friendly. They kind of actually seem like part of the community rather than something like CVS where there is no personality whatsoever in the store and the workers do not care about their jobs. I've never had a bad experience with a High's and I think they will be the start of something good for our community.
Kevin Brennan July 26, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I agree it'll look nicer than dirt... but, we do not need another gas station.
Calique July 26, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I don't get why we need a dupe of the Royal Farms that is a block away from there. Like some have said, a lunch spot is sorely needed around there. Like a casual dining/take out spot.... it takes too long to get to Arundel Mills from Ft Meade.
E July 26, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Should rename Annapolis Road to "Gasoline Alley"
CM July 26, 2012 at 04:37 PM
A new business means new jobs for a few. There used be a Wendy's and a Burger King(about a block away) but they didn't survive. I don't think that the "Strip" will develope untill improvements to RT175 are completed.
Ronald July 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I think the issue about gas stations near pools and such is dependent on the total amount of fuel sold over the course of a year. Besides there are exemptions and exceptions to everything IF you have the right lawyers working for you. Maybe they can put a picnic table out front so that we can have another 'high end' eating establishment. Nothing beats a hotdog served with gas and exhaust fumes.
Ronald July 26, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I agree with Andre's assessment(s) of what is going on here. The problem appears to be too much FU money in this area. Property owners are keeping the cost of building or renting inflated and don't care if they rent or sell unless they get what they want for their property. We are at a point where only corporations and conglomerates can afford to open up a business. AND the BRAC employees and contract workers coming in are helping to keep prices inflated.
Ronald July 26, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I agree with the lack of romantic places to take dates. Even us old married folks would love a nice, secluded booth where we don't have to listen to loud music and whinning kids. I guess those days are gone. If anyone knows of a place or two that is quite and has private tables PLEASE let us old married couples that want to keep the magic alive know where they are!
david July 26, 2012 at 05:27 PM
This area does not need another gas station. There are already three gas stations on this stretch of the road. Every one please call Office of Planning and Zoning and say no to gas station. Where does Seven Oaks HOA stand on this. There will be gas stations on both entrances to the community. Please, just do not leave comments here, call the County Offices and attend the community meeting.
Dr. Dave July 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Do you need just another vacant lot with rubble and rubbish? There used to be a nice business, and a few others there, but after getting robbed one too many times, the poor owners had no choice but to close down their business. The strip there has gone downhill very quickly; some business investment in the area would do all of you, and the Seven Oaks property values, some good.
david July 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I agree with you, but this is like saying getting grade D is good because it is better than to fail. Yes, a gas station is better than a vacant lot, but is this all we can get? We just got a new urgent care and some other businesses are also opening in the neighborhood. Please do not set your standard so low..... The problem with gas stations is that once you have a gas station, it is hard to redevelop the site because of environmental issues that come up.
Ronald July 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
It's a done deal. The HOA isn't going to change anything. High's has some excellent lawyers. Your only hope is to get Royal Farms to intervene.
Ronald July 26, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Try Ft. Meade. They have an open door policy for lunch at the Consolidated Club. Their bowling alley also has a nice lounge where you can have a cold one as well.
Kevin Brennan July 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
^^ OOPS To Ronald -Sorry I accidentally clicked Flag As Inappropriate! Sorry!! I thought it was another comment about the insurance spam.
Karen July 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM
does anyone know what they are getting ready to do wirh the old Spunk Fittness center bldgin the Odenton Shopping Center? they've been over there for about a week now removing stuff ie., the sign, boarded up the windows, put out trash etc,.
Ronald July 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I heard rumors that half of the building was leased but I don't know to whom. The best information I get is from the staff at the Dollar store - they seem to know everything.
Tim Lemke (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 08:36 PM
It will be a kidney dialysis center
Karen July 26, 2012 at 08:40 PM
thanks tim and ronald. and yes you're right @Ronald the Dollar store and the Ft Meade credit union seem to know whats going on, lol. Thanks again!
Ronald July 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Forgot about the Credit Union - speaking of which I just learned that all our FDIC insured accounts are basically not insured at all since the fund is virtually bankrupt and is not being re-funded. Is this really true? Credit unions have a different type of insurance plan. I have purchased a Lloyd's of London policy to protect my money. Leave it to Congress to force us to go outside this country for the protection we need - maybe Mitt is right about where to park our money.
Karen July 26, 2012 at 08:49 PM
yep its true :(
Karen July 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
i've just given up on us getting a grocery store in the Odenton Shopping Center. CVS has been making a mint off of people like me who don't want to drive all thew ay down RT 3 to the Safeway / Giant or up 175 to Weis. (SMH)
Thea Warner July 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Yes, I am sure CVS doesn't mind this at all. Every time I go in that store it is packed! I am sure many people who live in the area and don't have a way to get to Food Lion, Safeway or Weis walk there for groceries.
JfromOdenton July 27, 2012 at 03:55 PM
!!!!!!!!!!! SONIC!!!!!!!!!!! Drive thru can you say yum
Richard Hertz July 27, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Should the property owners lower their asking prices so that you'll be happier? That's an odd way to look at things. Let me know when you're ready to sell your house...I want to be sure you don't ask too much. And apparently they didn't keep it too high after all, as someone (Highs) eventually agreed to buy it.
Ronald July 27, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Only a company like Highs can agree to the inflated prices being charged. The kinds of stores we want to see just cann't compete. As far as my house goes - I am sure that people will offer me less than I am asking for it and there are a lot of people out there that will make sure I don't get too much for it. That's the whole issue. Too bad HIGHs doesn't want to put a store in where my house presently is at or I'm sure I would get tons of money for it. i know I could get a lot for my house by simply turning it into an halfway house for pediphiles. Federal law prohibits anyone from denying anyone equal houseing although a few exceptions exist. It is just not what I want to do to my neighborhood (it used to be called 'block busting'). All I'm saying is that when Fat Cats have more money than they know what to do with we all suffer. Let me know when you want to look at my home - it is for sale.
Richard Hertz July 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM
So, your house is currently for sale, meaning, according to the logic of your initial post, that you're keeping the cost of buying it "inflated." Right? Do you consider yourself to be a Fat Cat? Earlier you accused the property owners of "keeping the cost of building or renting inflated and don't care if they rent or sell unless they get what they want for their property." Tell me how your motives in selling your house are somehow different. I guess in that case you won't mind the BRAC employees and contract workers keeping the (housing) prices inflated.
Richard Hertz July 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
If only those dummies at Highs would have asked for your advice on whether or not they can make money on this venture. Also, you've managed to contradict your own economic reasoning in one small paragraph. First you note that there are already too many gas stations...then you say that even with an oversupply, they are somehow able to price gouge.
Richard Hertz July 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
There's a stunning amount of economic ignorance in the comments here. Many seem to know exactly what type of business should go in that empty space. The thing is, not one of you was willing to put your money on the line and put a restaurant, bakery, or jewelry store there. Perhaps the Highs owners have done some real research and determined that, despite the protests from the economic illiterates who've done absolutely no research, a convenience store/gas station will make money. Do you think they know that 3-4 restaurants on that stretch of 175 have closed down in the past decade?
George July 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM
All of the restaurants that closed had the following in common: - Extremely poor service. - Extremely dirty -Extremely poor food quality. Everyone knew that McDonalds was the worst in the franchise. The workers had no interest in keeping thep lace open and took forever to fill basic orders. If you wanted MikkyD's it was faster to drive over to Severn or down to Odenton amd that's what people did. The Korean place was very nice at the beginning but went down hill and jacked prices up at the same time. But the ultimate reason why Mr. Kim left was the fact that he was homesick AND Royal Farms came in with an offer he oculdn't refuse. The fact that none of the commentors has invested in a franchise does not say one tintg or naother about their fiscal literacy. Few poeple living in the area have the cash flow needed to put up a well known venture.
Ironboar July 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM
You're so right - another gasco would help shorten the lines at Royal Farms. Speaking of gas stations, the strip would do well to get an upscale bar, restaurant and entertaiment venue.

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