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Town Center Committee to Review Another Apartment Project

Alliance Residential will present updated plans for 212 apartments across from the fire station.

A developer will present updated plans for a new apartment complex across from the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department, and is asking that its pool and clubhouse be used to satisfy requirements for commercial space. 

Alliance Residential will present plans on Tuesday to the Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee. The project calls for a 212-unit project known as Broadstone, nestled on a plot of land near Baldwin Avenue and Berger Street. 

Planning officials said the Broadstone project would be situated on a 13- to 15-acre plot surrounded by wetlands. A master plan for the site also calls for retail and office space and a hotel at separate locations. 

The project is similar to the Novus apartments, located immediately the east at Nevada and Hale Streets. The town center committee recommended approval of that project earlier this year. 

The town center committee will also review plans for fencing at the Kingdom Celebration Center Day Care, as well as plans for a shed on a property on Breitwert Avenue. 

The town center committee will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Western District Police Station, 8723 Telegraph Rd., Odenton.

The full agenda of the meeting and other related materials are attached. 

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Midge October 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM
How about some oversight on the Odenton Shopping Center? What happens when Fashion Bug and CVS leave? The edges of Odenton look all shiney but the shopping center is an eyesore and pit. What is the plan?
Carol B October 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Really??? We don't have infrastructure to support the complexes that have already been built on 175 and across from the MARC station and the one under construction on Telegraph Road. The mega-housing already being built is going up faster than the (single unit) Walgreen's on 174 (which makes one wonder about the quality of the former's construction), while the urbanization of 175 progresses at a snail's pace. Do any of the people on this committee commute at oh-dark thirty, and have a chance to witness firsthand the havoc they're creating for those of us who do? Is the town going to strike some kind of bargain with the MARC system to run more trains to accommodate all of the new commuters--and give them somewhere to park within reasonable walking distance of their trains (especially in inclement weather)? Or do they think only people who already live in Odenton are going to move into these facilities? If I'd wanted to live in Washington, DC or Baltimore--I'd have moved there.
Penny October 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I'm with Carol... even though I'm a brand-new resident at the new complex at Odenton Circle, I can already tell that residential planning has outgrown the infrastructure. Not only that, but she is SO right about the MARC station. If you're not parked by 6:45 am, you're not getting a spot. But the WORST condition so far is the light at the MARC station entrance on 175. There is a full green on both sides. Just in the short couple of months I've been commuting, I've already seen one horrible T-bone at that intersection. I moved AWAY from a community on the other side of Maryland to avoid what I see happening here. While you can't stop progress, you should AT LEAST have city planners develop the flow, and not your developers who think only of shortcuts and profits.
Jamie Huntley October 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Wasn't there talk of a new grocery store going in the shopping center? What's the latest on that? I'd love to see more small business going in.
Tim Lemke (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 01:03 PM
The landlords had a signed letter of intent with a grocer, but a lease has not been finalized. I don't know which grocer they were speaking to.
Calique October 25, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Is there a way to see the attached images in a higher resolution so they are legible? Thank you! BTW, I agree with Carol and Penny. This is a disaster. There is a plethora of high-density housing with inadequate roadways all round.
Tim Lemke (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I just uploaded the map and agenda as PDFs, so you should be able to zoom in and download them now. Sorry, we had some issues with our uploader earlier.
Matt S. October 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I'll second that.
Matt S. October 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM
By the way, I like how they want to classify the pool and clubhouse as "commercial". Does this mean anyone in Odenton can crash their pool on a hot summer afternoon. The community sets these zoning restrictions, but when the money comes to the table they basically ignore them. It's just like the big housing development they want to build in Crofton. The developers were only allowed to build for ages 55+...but of course now they're trying to get that changed.
BadStatistics October 25, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Ladies and gentleman, the problem is a dysfunction here between state and city planning. The entire "MARC area" that we are talking about is labeled as a priority funding area for the state. So people who build in this area get special tax consideration for doing so. This is why this area is going boom so fast. I have seen similar occurrences in NY, and quite frankly it ended up being good all around for the community. Once people move in, businesses will move in, restaurants, etc..., and your currently home values will blow past Crofton and Columbia. Hopefully.
BadStatistics October 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Probably going to sell passes. They better make sure it's big enough.
EA October 25, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I agree with Carol and Penny. This area is quickly becoming congested and crowded. As small as Odenton is, it isn't pedestrian friendly. Public transportation is a joke, so you can't conveniently get a bus to the MARC station. Where is the oversight? What they're trying to build is an urban hub but where is the infrastructure, the public transportation, the entertainment, the arts, the recreation, the accessibility, the parks (everywhere I go, trees are being bulldozed)?
Marky MARC October 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Liberal NIMBY'ers! And I'm not sure what MARC station you go to, but I usually ride the 8:33 train and I've never had a problem getting a parking spot.
Lisa O October 25, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Agreed!
Happycustomer October 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The best thing about bringing apartments to Odenton is that we will increase the population of 25 to 34 year olds who form the potential market to purchase our homes should we eventually decide to sell. Also, absent an increased population of successful young professional we are unable to attract quality retailers to the area that we need. The main thing is to make sure that the new development actually helps to define the area in a way that is attractive to both new comers and existing residents alike.

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