Council may consider changes to urban plan

The Anne Arundel County Council will be asked to change the urban renewal plan for Glen Burnie so that housing can be included on the Superblock.

The plan, which laid out development for the Urban Renewal District, allows only offices, stores and parking on the county-owned Superblock, a patch of land at Ritchie Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard that is the last undeveloped tract in the Urban Renewal district.

Patricia Barland, the county's commercial-revitalization manager, said the 1980 plan must be made consistent with what the county will allow developers to build on the 5.6-acre site that fronts Ritchie Highway. The county will seek a mixed-use development there.

Developers told the county last year that housing would be financially feasible, but that the office park the county initially sought would not be.

The legislative change will probably come before the County Council in July.


* Glen Burnie: A would-be burglar fled Shoney's restaurant in the 7000 block of Ritchie Highway early Monday when he was interrupted by an employee arriving for work. Nothing was taken.

* Glen Burnie: Thieves broke into a 1990 Plymouth Acclaim on the lot of Agency Rent-a-Car in the 500 block of Crain Highway between May 8 and May 10 and took an air bag. The value of the property was not known.

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