"We were never proposing condemnation, nor will we in the future," Ulman said Monday.

The County Council eventually approved $600,000 for a traffic study of the area, but no money for construction of any road extensions.

The traffic study, which the council had extended to include the entire Route 108 corridor between Route 32 and Linden Linthicum Lane, is still underway. It is expected to be completed in the next few months.

'Figure out a way'

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With preliminary data from the traffic study, the State Highway Administration determined the driveway could be altered to accommodate a smaller development than the ones the Stones had originally proposed.

Though he is still hopeful that the broader access needed for the second phase of the development will happen, Ulman said it will only be if one of the neighbors voluntarily decides to work with GreenStone on the issue.

"I spoke with Steve Kendall today," Ulman said Monday. "My hope is over the long-term that we figure out a way to work together, but only if it's something that they think is in their best interest as well."

William Erskine, the Kendalls' attorney, said Monday evening he had not yet talked to his clients. However, he noted: "The determination by the State Highway Administration will allow the county to have access to the site without it being dependent on the Kendall property. In that sense, it's a good thing."

The other option for access Ulman noted would be for GreenStone to work with Security Development Corp., owners of the Clarksville Square development to the right of the Gateway site.

Steven Breeden, a principal of Security Development, said the company would be open to such discussions, but it would need to see a plan.

"We'd love to be involved with the county piece adjacent to us," he said. Security Development had applied to develop the Gateway site, but its proposal lost out to GreenStone.

Though it's now up to the Stones to negotiate a deal for the access, Ulman noted: "Clearly we still have an interest because there's $3 million of value that we'd like to achieve in the future."

While the prospects of the second half of the development are unclear, all GreenStone needs to do to get the ball rolling on the first phase is to submit a site plan to the county and go through the county's approval process.

Though he's not sure when GreenStone will be plans to do that, Ulman said: "I'm optimistic that it will be reasonably quickly, only because they've spent so much time over the last few years studying it."