Commercial revitalization of Anne Arundel County’s older, more established areas creates business, provides retail alternatives for existing and future residents, and it grows the county tax base. AAEDC works with the Executive Office, other County Departments, property owners, and the community to coordinate revitalization efforts, help existing businesses grow, and to attract new businesses to these areas.
Community Reinvestment Initiative
This program focuses on older areas in West and North County, maximizing economic potential in Brooklyn Park, Marley Neck, Mountain Road-Pasadena, Riviera Beach-Pasadena and Sun Valley-Pasadena. By identifying and making use of resources to improve neighborhood commercial districts, AAEDC will help reduce blighted areas, increase property values, grow businesses, and ultimately upgrade the quality of life for residents.
Designated Town Centers
Town Centers are areas where a mix of residential, retail, office, employment and cultural uses are encouraged. By locating close to one another and where there is existing or planned infrastructure to serve various uses, Town Centers provide convenient amenities to the surrounding community. AAEDC works with County Departments on the growth center plans and revitalization for Glen Burnie, Parole and Odenton. These three Town Centers have been designated on the County’s General Development Plan since it was first adopted in 1968.
In addition to Town Center revitalization, AAEDC and the Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning are leading a revitalization effort in Brooklyn Park
that will help invigorate economic development.
Glen Burnie Town Center
The Glen Burnie Town Center consists of 44 acres of commercial, retail, and residential development located near the intersection of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Crain Highway in Northern Anne Arundel County. Market-rate and senior housing complexes are part of over 32,000 households that exist within a 3-mile radius of this Town Center. In addition to offices and restaurants, Glen Burnie Town Center is home to the State Multipurpose Center, Anne Arundel County’s Emergency Operations, and the North County Campus of Anne Arundel Community College serving 1,000 students per year. The Glen Burnie Town Center Ice Rink offers family fun as well as skating lessons during the winter months. Numerous retail and restaurant establishments have located in this Town Center to serve a growing population of more than 80,000 people. Glen Burnie Town Center is an ideal location for business.
Parole Town Center
Parole Town Center is located in a prominent location with high visibility at the historical entrance to the City of Annapolis. Its 1,500 urban acres includes Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole and Westfield Annapolis Mall at its core. Parole Town Center’s dense, mixed-use development that includes commercial space, retail centers, medical offices, dining establishments, and residential communities, provides a variety of amenities for the surrounding community. With a population of 50,311 and more than 21,000 households within a 3-mile radius, Parole Town Center is an ideal location for business.
Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce
Odenton Town Center
Odenton Town Center is a 1,600 acre area located in Western Anne Arundel County, at the heart of an area experiencing rapid residential and business growth.
Fort George G. Meade, America’s largest information technology, cyber security and signals intelligence center, is located at Odenton’s front door. Housing the National Security Agency and 85 Department of Defense tenants, Ft. Meade continues to grow in national importance. As a result of the Base Realignment and Closure, three organizations, including the Defense Information Systems Agency, will consolidate at Fort Meade, bringing 5,600 new positions by July of 2011. The nation’s newly created Cyber Command has been located at the National Security Agency and will bring an estimated 2,300 jobs. Defense contractors following these organizations are expected to locate nearby creating an estimated 10,000 jobs. These numbers are in addition to the 40,000 people who currently go to work each day at Fort Meade.
To meet the demands of this growing marketplace, Odenton Town Center has been approved and zoned for highly intensive, transit oriented, mixed-use development. The Odenton train station is the busiest commuter rail stop on the Maryland Transit Penn Line between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. With major mixed-use developments in progress, Odenton Town Center will provide the needed housing, business services, office space, and retail all within 5 miles of Fort Meade. Odenton Town Center is an ideal location for business.
Brooklyn Park, located in Northern Anne Arundel County, is an older community in the beginning stages of revitalization. Brooklyn Park has easy access to the greater Baltimore Metro region, good public transit service, and a mix of commercial uses serving the surrounding neighborhoods - everything needed to continue as one of Anne Arundel County's foundation communities.
A focused, action oriented effort to encourage new investment in the commercial and residential areas of Brooklyn Park is under way. Led by the AAEDC and the Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning, the revitalization effort will invigorate economic development, facilitate physical improvements along the commercial corridor, establish a renewed sense of community, and enhance the role of the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park. An inter-agency Revitalization Action Plan Committee drives the process. For more information please contact Mary Burkholder, AAEDC Business Development Director, at 410-222-7410, e-mail.
Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning
Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce
Business Corridor Investment Loan Program
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