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SMART PLANNING
  Odenton Town Center
This area along the Baltimore- Washington Corridor — at the junction of Maryland Routes 32, 170 and 175 — is seeing a rash of new developments, many of them centered near Odenton’s passenger rail station.
“The vision is to really create a pedestrian-oriented community focused around the train station because we want to encourage multimodal options for people to get around,” said Mark Wildonger, senior planner at Anne Arundel County’s Office of Planning and Zoning. “At the same time, we’re also encouraging and requiring developers to orient their buildings to the street, have a sidewalk in front and create
a lively pedestrian environment. We require them to provide a certain amount of green space.”
Recent residential developments at Odenton Town Center have included The Point at Odenton, The Village at Odenton Station, Novus Odenton and Flats170 at Academy Yard.
Flats170 is the initial phase of the Academy Yard project, a planned 55-acre mixed-use development located on a former manufacturing
site. Flats170 is built from more than 75 percent recycled and regionally sourced materials and emphasizes landscaping, energy efficiency and other green features. At the same time, Flats170 includes luxury amenities, such as a pool and sun deck, a cinema-quality movie theater and a pet spa.
Another major asset is the recently completed Odenton Health & Technology Campus, a three-building development that houses the Kennedy Krieger Institute, two surgery centers and a Johns Hopkins satellite location. (For a map showing complete and planned developments in the Odenton Town Center area, see www.aacounty. org/departments/planning-and- zoning.)
In recent years, many companies have been attracted by Odenton’s
fast growth and convenient location near Fort Meade. Several of them have
settled at the Meade Tech Hub, a co-working space for high-growth tech and defense businesses doing business at Fort Meade, said Keasha Haythe, a business development associate at the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC).
Employers hoping to make a new home in Odenton can take advantage of several attractive incentives, Haythe noted. Those include the AAEDC
Next Stage Fund, a loan program
that provides between $50,000 and $250,000 to tech startups at zero percent interest. The program has already granted $500,000 in loans in less than a year. Existing businesses can take advantage of a revitalization program that provides tax credits and a façade improvement program that offers loans up to $100,000 at zero percent interest.
Left: The residential development, Flats170, is the first phase of a mixed-use development at a former manufacturing site. It is one of several projects within walking distance of Odenton’s train station and new businesses.
       “There have been numerous changes to Odenton that have made it a more desirable place to live and work, such as the addition of new restaurants and businesses, improved roads and the redevelopment of sites that were vacant. The
new apartment and townhome projects are providing additional housing choices for the area as well.” – Tricia Baldwin, Reliable Contracting
“The addition of Ruth’s Chris has increased our exposure to the surrounding area residents.
We have also noticed a marked uptick in the number of commuters that disembark the train and walk over to the restaurant for happy hour and/
or dinner. We look forward to the opening of the Town Center Boulevard extension and its anticipated positive effect on Route 175 traffic flow. The recent restaurant signage installed on Route 32 has helped draw attention to our location. The addition of Giant to the Town Center has been a welcome addition for our residents.”
– Bridget McConnell, DOLBEN/ The Village at Odenton Station
 “Its location, connectivity and proximity to transportation and Maryland’s largest employer make Odenton Town Center a desirable location. Further, Odenton experienced an 80 percent population increase noted from the 2000 to the 2010 census;
the median household income rose over 50 percent, placing it 40 percent higher than the Maryland state average. ... A.J. Properties has worked hard for many years on behalf of the Odenton Town Center and I feel really proud. I hope the area continues to transform as projects develop!” – Michele Waits, A.J. Properties, Inc.
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