Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The county council rejects a plan that would have divided Odenton between two districts. Another simpler redistricting plan also falls short of approval.
The Anne Arundel County Council on Monday rejected a bill that would have divided Odenton into two districts, but the overall issue of redistricting remained unresolved. The council was unable to muster the five votes needed to pass separate bills designed to address a population imbalance between District 1 and District 4. The failure to pass any bill came after county attorney David A. Plymyer warned that the county would be in violation of the state constitution if it did not approve some kind of redistricting plan. One plan, offered by council chairman Jerry Walker (R-District 7) would have merged Crofton, Gambrills and the east half of Odenton into District 4. The western portion of Odenton would have been moved to District 1 along …
Monday, March 18, 2013
It's now possible to envision how the new apartments on Telegraph Road will look once completed.
The Flats170 at Academy Yard apartments have been under construction for a while now. But it hasn't always been easy to envision how they will look once completed. That's changed in recent days, as construction crews have started to add a brick exterior. You can see the brick going up on units at the north end of the site now. There are 369 apartment units under construction at the site, which was once the home of the Nevamar facility. Flats170 is being developed by Bozzuto, in conjunction with StonebridgeCarras. You can see some renderings of the anticipated final product on Bozzuto's Flickr page. What do you think of the new brick facades?
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The company announced that it will be leaving the gas station business.
Many residents of Odenton have recently complained that there are too many gas stations in town. But the town could lose one of those stations, after Hess announced that it will be leaving the gas station business. The New York-based company said Monday that it will focus on petroleum export and production, and hoped to complete the transformation by next year. If Hess follows through on the plan, it would leave a retail hole at 1518 Annapolis Road, near Fort Meade. (Hess also happens to have some of the cheapest gas in town.) The news comes less than three years after Royal Farms opened an outlet on Annapolis Road in 2010, and as High's Dairy Store plans to open a gas station and convenience store nearby.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The local real estate company has been involved in some of the most high-profile projects in Odenton.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The federal government has $20 million in funds available for things like sidewalks, shared paths and wetland creation. Could any of the money come here?
We've reported at length about the shortage of cash to handle the area's transportation problems, but the state announced yesterday a new program that could help. The federal government has about $20 million set aside for so-called "non-traditional" transportation projects, and the Maryland Department of Transportation is currently seeking proposals. According to a press release from the State Highway Administration, these funds are available under the new Transportation Alternatives Program. The money could be used for things like "planning, design and construction funds for on and off-road facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized transportation." In other words, places for people to bike and walk would be a good …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Patch blogger and lifelong Odenton resident Greg Mazzella recalls a time when the Odenon Shopping Center was a thriving center of town.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee will meet Tuesday and get an update on the changes at the installation.
The man overseeing the ongoing transformation at Fort Meade will brief the public on the latest growth at the installation next week. Bert Rice, the transformation manager at Fort Meade, will present to the Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee on Tuesday. According to a draft agenda of the meeting, Rice will offer some insight into how the growth on base will impact the traffic and economy of the Odenton area. Also on Tuesday, the committee will continue its discussion about identifying small, but meaningful transportation projects that can be carried out Odenton. The committee will eventually draft a list of prioritized projects to county officials, in the hopes that they will be given priority in the capital budget for fiscal …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Fort Meade officials broke ground on a new privately developed apartment complex. The project will target junior enlisted service members who have been priced out of apartments nearby.
As Fort Meade has seen its population grow, it also has seen an increasing number of service members living further away from the installation gates. Young service members in particular have found themselves priced out of housing nearby and now commute from as much as 30 minutes away, Army officials said. The installation is now addressing that problem with the construction of Reece Crossings, a new garden-style apartment complex on base. It is the first-ever privately built apartment project designed specifically for junior enlisted service members. Officials broke ground on the complex during a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Meade. Picerne Military Housing hopes to deliver the first set of apartments this year. There will be 416 two-…
New 2 Us will hold a grand opening celebration on March 1.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The pharmacy opened over the weekend in the Odenton Gateway complex.
The new CVS in east Odenton is now open. The drug store opened quietly over the weekend near the corner of Sappington Station and Odenton Roads, bringing to completion the Odenton Gateway development. I stopped by the new CVS late last night but the store was closed, indicating that it is not a 24-hour store (at least not yet.) Hours have not yet been posted by the door, and the CVS corporate website has not yet advertised the opening. From the outside, the store appears similar in shape and size to the Walgreens on Piney Orchard Parkway. There are two lanes for a drive-thru pharmacy and plenty of parking. The CVS store across the street in the Odenton Shopping Center is now closed. If you stop by the new CVS, let us know your …