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Balto. County projects advance; Quarry reclamation, Avalon stores OK'd; Planning board action


Shaping some of the largest properties left for residential use in Baltimore County, planners approved yesterday the transformation of a 125-acre Owings Mills quarry into a community of homes and businesses and endorsed stores proposed for the 150-acre Avalon development in Pikesville.

The Arundel Corp., which owns Delight Quarry, wants to build 256 apartments for the elderly, 120 townhouses or condominiums, and 100 houses near Nicodemus Road and Franklin Boulevard. The community would include an 80,000-square-foot village center, 237,000 square feet of office space and a lake for recreation.

The community would add to fast-growing Owings Mills in an area that has seen recent commercial development along Red Run Boulevard. Combined with Avalon to the southeast, it would continue the suburban expansion in the corridor that runs along Interstate 795 and Reisterstown Road.

In the Avalon matter, the county planning board recommended a zoning change that would allow developers of the project straddling Reisterstown Road to build small retail businesses to serve residents.

Questar Properties, the developer, has the right to build offices and apartments on the 10-acre parcel but is seeking designation as a commercial planned unit development in order to build several shops.

Neighbors complain that the proposed stores would increase congestion on Reisterstown Road.

"With more stores, there is more traffic all day long," said Phyllis Brotman, president of the McDonogh Field Association, representing about 40 nearby homes.

Opponents say the project would be contrary to community plans that discourage more commercial development on Reisterstown Road.

County planners called the Avalon proposal an example of good planning. The stores, which would face away from Reisterstown Road and onto a village green, would serve Avalon residents and provide a focal point to the development.

Although agreeing with the zoning change, planning board members expressed reservations about preliminary plans they have seen for the Avalon site.

The zoning change must be approved by the County Council. Any specific development plan would have to be approved by the planning board and the county's regular review agencies.

Likewise, although the planning board approved the reclamation plan for Delight Quarry, more specific plans for the site must be reviewed by county agencies.

Mining at the site has stopped and the quarry is filling with water, Arundel Corp. officials said.

The company has submitted plans to redevelop the larger Green Spring Quarry near Old Court Road into a 300-acre community of homes, offices and stores surrounding the deepest lake in Maryland.

Pub Date: 1/22/99

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