Originally published in the
Baltimore Jewish Times -
December 28, 2007
Owings Mills to gain a
125-acre new development at Delight Quarry.
A mixed-used development will be built at the Delight Quarry, in
Owings Mills. The development will be a smaller version of the
Greenspring Quarry in Pikesville. Both sites are owned by the
Like the Pikesville project, the
Owings Mills one will see residential and commercial buildings
clustered around a quarry that is being allowed to fill in and
become a lake.
Steven Koren, head of Koren
Development Co., said that he has notified Baltimore County
officials and County Councilmen that the plan, which dates to
1992, has been activated.
The Columbia-based Koren
Development Company is partnering with the Sparks-based Arundel
Corporation, just as it did with the Greenspring Quarry,
officially called Quarry Lake at Greenspring.
Mr. Koren said he expects to
review the plan with community leaders in early 2008, and to
officially submit it to the county in February.
The 125-acre Delight Quarry site
is bounded by Berrymans Lane, Franklin Boulevard, Red Run
Boulevard and Nicodemus Road. It is near the newly-built
Garrison police precinct/fire station and the Soldiers Delight
Natural Environmental Area, a state nature preserve and public
park, in what was once a rural area.
The development plan was
originally proposed in 1992, and amended in 2002. It is subject
to covenants that were reached with neighbors, including: the
Soldier’s Delight Conservatory; a friends-of group; Berrymans
Farm Community Association; Black Forest Neighborhood
Association; Kiwanis Club of Reisterstown; and the
Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council (ROG).
George Harman, ROG president,
said the plan now calls for 75 single-family houses, 66
townhouses and 150 elderly housing units, along with an
office/retail “village center” and other commercial uses.
An earlier plan called for a
slightly larger development –– 100 single-family homes, 120
townhouses and 256 apartments along with an 80,000-square foot
village center and an eight-acre recreation area. However, after
meeting with County Councilman T. Bryan McIntire (R-3rd), whose
district then included the Delight Quarry, Arundel officials
agreed to reduce the project.
Because of subsequent changes in councilmanic district
boundaries, the Delight Quarry is now located in Countil
Councilman Kenneth Oliver’s Fourth District.
Mr. Oliver, who has met with Mr.
Koren, said the plan “was not approved under me. But from what
I’ve seen of it so far, I like it.”
Mr. Koren said he is almost
finished with the reclamation plan, a federally-approved plan
that allows him to ready the land for another use.
“We have to take care of the
slopes and the unstable material” that resulted from the site
being used for mining purposes, said Mr. Koren, who undertook a
similar process at Greenspring.
The zoning, a mix of low- and
townhouse-density residential as well as business and
office/residential, already is in place, he added.
The 23-acre Delight Quarry is
filling naturally. Unlike the Greenspring Quarry, in which
streams were diverted for that purpose, Mr. Koren said that
existing streams in Owings Mills be left alone. He met with the
County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Resource
Management on the matter.
By comparison, the 258-acre
Greenspring Quarry has almost 600 residences, a 40-acre lake and
After the Delight Quarry plan is
submitted to the county, it will probably take 12 to 18 months
to grade the site and install the infrastructure, he said. After
that, construction can begin. Rather than being built in stages,
he is shooting for one project, as happened at the Greenspring
It is too soon to tell who will
be building the residential and commercial portions of the plan,
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