The Howard County Planning Board last week approved plans for 58 townhouses next to Snowden River Parkway in the Kendall Ridge neighborhood of Long Reach village.
The townhouses would be across Snowden River Parkway from the planned Eastern High School, a source of some concern for the Long Reach village association. Kathryn Mann of the association told Planning Board members during their Thursday meeting that village board members were concerned that children would be crossing a four-lane, divided road to play.
Providing sidewalks to make it easier for children to walk to a crossing at Tamar Drive would help, said Ms. Mann. That idea would have to be taken up with county Public Works Department officials, she was told, because the issue before the board did not include the land next to Snowden River Parkway.
The approval of the site development plan clears the way for Columbia Builders Inc. to get building permits for the 58 townhouses, 24 of which will have one-car garages.
The townhouses are part of a larger Rouse Co. project known as Kendall Ridge III. Land for the project was originally planned for business development, but in 1990 the Rouse Co. persuaded the county Zoning Board to allow residential development instead.
The development's plans call for 527 townhouses, condominiums and apartments and nearly 200 single-family homes, bordering a new section of Snowden River Parkway between Routes 108 and 175.
Work to begin on westbound Route 32
The State Highway Administration and the Howard County Board of Public Works will begin work this month to widen westbound Route 32 from U.S. 29 to Interstate 95.
The three-mile project will include a new westbound lane and shoulder, an acceleration lane from Broken Land Parkway to westbound Route 32 and a concrete wall at Shaker Drive and Broken Land Parkway.
Most of the work will take place weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Eastbound Route 32 traffic is not affected.
Reliable Contracting Co. of Millersville was awarded the $1.8 nTC million contract that should be completed by fall.
* Owen Brown: 8800 block of McGaw Road: A burglar smashed the glass front door of Columbia Golf Center about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and stole boxes of golf shoes and golf balls.