• takes advantage of compact building design;
• creates a range of housing opportunities;
• creates a walkable neighborhood;
• fosters distinct, attractive communities with a distinct sense of place;
• preserves open space and critical environmental areas;
• directs development toward existing communities;
• provides a variety of transportation choices;
• makes development decisions predictable, fair and cost effective;
• encourages community and collaborator decisions
"This is not transit oriented development — this is car oriented," Dongarra said. "It's right next to the Beltway."
Catonsville resident Jim Himel, a former city planner for Baltimore, would like to see an arboretum on a portion of the Spring Grove campus.
Himel's vision for an arboretum, which has the support of Whalen Properties, has been in the works for the past 10 years. It would be a natural outdoor recreation area on a 50-acre portion of the Spring Grove campus and include three recreation fields and a natural amphitheater.
Himel said a development like the Promenade isn't an issue.
"It's absolutely in no conflict with the 50 acres we'd like to use for the arboretum. There's no better use than high rise buildings that act as some type of sound barrier [from the highway]," Himel said. "Do we want old historic, vacant buildings, or do we want to make sure of the space?"
Himel said he'd rather see mixed use development than an expansion of the UMBC research park, and believes that development will give residents a place to shop closer to home.
Quirk said his number one priority for the land is recreation use and his second priority is expansion of the UMBC research facilities.
Still, he supports mixed use development if it is "done right."
"I do think there is a compelling need for 55+ residential, perhaps a nice hotel, and other mixed use to consider," Quirk said. "But that is way down the process, because we don't even know if land is going to be surplused, and if it is, we don't know who's going to win the bid.
"The key thing for mixed use is that it has to be synergistic with the Catonsville and Arbutus business community. I will not approve any project that hurts the Arbutus or Catonsville business community area," he said.
Baltimore County will purchase an 8.8-acre parcel on the campus, with plans to transform it into a regional park, which, Quirk said, is, "a really good start, but we need more property and acreage toward a bigger park.
"Whatever happens at Spring Grove will be one of the most transparent and community involved processes on my watch," Quirk said.