County Council to vote on Vanguard resolution
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 16:21

Vanguard’s plan for the Government Center will be voted on by the County Council on July 7.
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Olszewski says process ready to move forward

by Ben Boehl

    The Baltimore County Council will soon vote on a resolution on the Vanguard plan to redevelop the North Point Government Center, according to county scheduling information.
    The council approved the sale of the North Point Government property to Vanguard Commercial Development in December.
    According to the June minutes on the council website, 7th District Councilman John Olszewski Sr. introduced the resolution at the June 2 council meeting.
    The resolution states that Vanguard has submitted an application for continued review of the site. The plan calls for  the development of a retail center, a commercial recreational and arts facility, an amphitheater and outdoor ball fields.
    The resolution does prohibit liquor stores, pawn shops, tattoo or body piercing establishments, adult entertainment businesses, hookah or vapor lounges, bail bonds businesses, check cashing businesses, stand-alone cigarette sales, trucking facilities and service garages from moving into the new shopping center.
    Vanguard held its own community meeting in April, at which many of the members of the community opposed that plan and called for changes including the removal of the amphitheater.
    Gillian Pommerehn, a spokesperson for Vanguard, said the company is still seeking community input.
    “This is just about passing the resolution, not the plan itself. The plan is still changing,” Pommerehn said in an e-mail sent to The Eagle.
    Olszewski also told The Eagle on Monday that the plan is not final and that Vanguard is going through a typical PUD process.
    “This (resolution) allows the process to move forward,” Olszewski said.
    “There will be input meetings that will be run by the county.”
    According to Olszewski, there will be a 30-day notice after the resolution is passed that will be followed by a series of community input meetings.    
    Olszewski went on to note that plan can be changed through amendments.
    “When people say there is no input, that is not true,” Olszewski said. “There will be three meetings for community input.”
    The resolution will be discussed at a work session on July 1 at 2 p.m. The council will vote on the measure on Monday, July 7 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.