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MARC Station Project Gets Special Designation

A proposed mixed-used complex near the MARC station has been designated as "transit-oriented," making it eligible for tax credits and financing help.

A planned development project near the Odenton MARC station got a special designation from the Anne Arundel County Council on Monday night, making it eligible for financing and tax benefits from the state and federal government.

The council passed a resolution declaring the project to be a “transit-oriented development,” due to its proximity to the train station and bus routes.

Osprey Development is the lead developer of the project, which would be built in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation and Anne Arundel County. The three sides have signed a memorandum of understanding for the project and are currently working on a master development agreement.

Plans call for MDOT to sell or lease land to the developer, with the state and county funding some pre-development costs.

Early plans have called for 572 apartments and condominiums on the site, with 250 townhouses, five single-family homes, 74,000 square feet of retail space and a hotel with 90 to 120 rooms.

The project would also include a parking garage to serve MARC commuters and those living at the site. The sides are still working to determine whether parking would remain free.

In June of 2010, the state of Maryland named the project as one of 14 transit-oriented projects eligible for state assistance. With the designation from the county, the developers can now apply for an array of special financing options, tax credits and other programs offered by the state and federal governments.

Robert September 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM
As a MARC Train commuter my biggest fear is that MARC parking spots are taken up by people from this new development. I'm also concerned about having to pay for what is currently a free parking lot. Has this proposal been thoroughly vetted with MARC train commuters before a new parking lot or garage is built???
Brian September 21, 2011 at 03:35 PM
I totally agree with Robert about keeping the parking free.
Mike Calo September 21, 2011 at 05:14 PM
No - because nobody cares about MARC commuters - all they want to do is build, build, build and get more tax revenues.
Matt S. September 22, 2011 at 04:15 PM
I paged through the development master plan the other day and was concerned about how little attention is given to parking. Instead I see numerous references to buses and shuttles. For us people who take the MARC to DC our commute is already one hour door to door. There is no way I'm going to add another half hour to my commute waiting for shuttle buses. And they need to address the parking NOW, not after they give the go ahead for more apartments and townhouses. The overflow lot is already getting close to full.
Bob Tonucci September 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Numerous people have told me the parking garage will be free, but I'm skeptical....

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