Developer of Eldersburg center seeks Carroll's first retail-residential mix

On Monday, June 25, the Carroll County Planning Department's Technical Review Committee will take its initial look at a mixed-use project proposing 28 apartments on the second floor of a new, 25,664-square-foot commercial building in Eldersburg.

The project is an addition to the Princess Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Liberty Road and Route 32. The mix of residential and retail uses is an allowable use in some zones — although it's never been done before, according to Patrick Varga, a development review coordinator for the department of planning.

"It's the first time we've seen someone come in with it," he told The Eagle on Friday.

The owner of the center is Stavlaou LLC. Varga said a few years ago the firm had a plan for a grocery store on a vacant piece of the overall property. Now, the company is amending the site plan to make the building smaller and add 28 apartment units.

The Technical Review Committee is the county's first look at the plan, and gives various county agencies a chance to comment and make suggestions.

Varga said the plan isn't yet scheduled to go before the county Planning Commission, and won't be until storm water management and other issues are reviewed.

Monday's meeting is at 9 a.m. in the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

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