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Newest Edgewood redevelopment plan to be presented Nov. 15

The Aegis

The independent consulting firm Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc. will present its findings from the Edgewood Small Area Study on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Edgewood High School, 2415 Willoughby Beach Road in Edgewood.

The presentation will include opportunities for Edgewood’s redevelopment by the private sector, according to a Harford County government news release.

Work on the Small Area Study, which is funded by the federal grant because of Edgewood’s relationship to neighboring Aberdeen Proving Ground, began over the summer and involved two community input meetings, one in July and the other in September.

The plan was originally scheduled to be presented on Oct. 18; however, it was postponed because of the fatal workplace shooting earlier that day at Advanced Granite Solutions in the Edgewood area. The postponement was made out of respect for the community and the victims and their families, a county spokesperson said at the time.

All community members and other stakeholders are welcome to attend Wednesday’s presentation, following which attendees will have the opportunity to ask the consultants and representatives from the Harford County Office of Economic Development about the study and the respective roles of the private sector, the public sector and the community.

“Once this first stage of the redevelopment plan is finished, we can begin to look for an infusion of private investment into this revitalization effort that can serve as a catalyst for new opportunities to attract the future workforce for continued mission support and growth of Aberdeen Proving Ground,” said Karen Holt, Harford County director of economic development, in a statement. “The return on investment for this community initiative is job creation, career opportunities, and a stronger market.”

County Executive Barry Glassman’s administration commissioned the Edgewood Small Area Study to assess existing resources, analyze market opportunities and help drive revitalization efforts and job growth, according to the county news release.

The two earlier public meetings gathered input from the community for the study, which explored ways to improve the quality of life in the area, particularly regarding the community’s relationship with Aberdeen Proving Ground.

During those sessions, people attending gave their views on what they like about Edgewood; what the community needs in terms of businesses and services and recreation facilities; and how existing problems and misperceptions can be overcome.

At the latter of the two meetings, the consultants presented draft proposals for a handful of specific redevelopment initiatives, such as constructing more walking trails between key community activity centers and proposing a public gathering area by the MARC train station, which has long been viewed as a possible community hub.

The Edgewood Small Area Study is an implementation of APG’s Joint Land Use Study to advance the partnership between the community and the miltary installation through resource planning and cooperative land use, according to the county news release.

The final Edgewood Small Area Study also be available on Thursday, Nov. 16 on the county government website at www.harfordcountymd.gov/2356/14233/Edgewood-Small-Area-Study.

Questions about the presentation may be directed to Jake Adler, project coordinator in the Harford County Office of Economic Development at 410-638-3414 or jzadler@harfordcountymd.gov.

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