Request for proposals for development of Town Center near completion


Members of the Glen Burnie Town Center committee have until Monday to suggest any changes to a request for proposals for plans to develop the town center.

The committee met for the last time yesterday to review a draft copy of the request before the county prepares to send it out.

Developers could know as early as mid-July what they need to do to win the job of developing the Town Center, county officials said.

An attempt last year to develop the 5.6-acre gravel parking lot fell through because the developer, George Stone, said he needed subsidies to make the project financially feasible. Mr. Stone, of Pasadena, had proposed a $10 million to $15 million project, said Patricia A. Barland, Human Services program administrator. She oversees development of the Town Center.

The land is the last piece of undeveloped, county-owned land in the Glen Burnie urban renewal district. Formerly known as Superblock, the site is next to Arundel Center North and is bordered by Ritchie Highway to the east, Crain Highway to the west and New Jersey Avenue to the north. It has been vacant for 15 years as developers failed to come up with a plan that won over residents and county officials.

County officials have pulled together $2 million in state and county money to try to make sure the project works this time.

The state is providing $1 million in state bonds that will be turned over to the county as a grant. The bond bill says the money should be used "for the planning, design, construction and development of infrastructure improvements" for the Town Center.

The county, which must provide $1 million in matching funds to be eligible for the state money, has budgeted $500,000 for 1996 and $500,000 for 1997.

Town Center will combine residential development with offices, specialty retail, an outdoor performing arts area or an ice rink.

"The vision that grew out of the community is that they want a place that is the heart of Glen Burnie," said Human Services Officer Ardath Cade.

The residences will not be low-income housing, she said.

The request for proposals (RFP) is a formal document that outlines all the specific incentives and requirements for a developer interested in developing the Town Center. The request also states what the developer needs to submit and the deadline for submissions.

"We wanted to be sure that we were articulating to the best of our ability what the community wants," said Ms. Barland.

After the draft is completed, it will be submitted to a county internal review committee before being sent out to developers. No date has been set for the publication of the RFP. However, the county will hold a pre-proposal meeting to go over the proposal with developers and answer their questions.

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