Wanted: 'Bite-Sized' Projects for the Odenton Town Center

There's as much as $7 million to be spent on improvements to the roads and infrastructure in Odenton. Do you have any suggestions?

Late last month, a county official came to Odenton to explain that there is between $6 million and $7 million that could be spend on things to improve the infrastructure in town. 

The money comes from impact fees, which are charged to developers who build. 

Technically, that money can be spent in an "impact fee zone" that stretches from Jessup down to Davidsonville, but there is much desire to see it spent here in Odenton. 

The Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee—which plays a key role in how the town is being transformed—said it will begin putting together a list of projects that could benefit from this available money. 

The key, according to county officials and the committee, is to find projects that are manageable and offer a decent "bang for the buck." In other words, don't expect the money to be used to widen Route 175. Instead, find "bite-sized" projects, like the connection of two sidewalks, or a new turn lane at a congested intersection, or some streetscape improvements. 

I'd like to hear what residents think about this. 

Are there any small projects that come to mind? Is there work that could be done easily that would have a great benefit to the town as a whole? 

Voice your opinions in the comments below.



Carol Hensley February 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM
John...I do remember when they did sidewalk repairs in the far back part (I'm assuming of Kings Heights) but can't remember the names of the roads about 5 yr.'s ago. And again I agree with making sidewalks on King Malcolm, Bruce and Monterey Ave. because there are NONE there now and I don't know if they ever were there before.
Dave February 14, 2013 at 02:25 AM
What about a "bicycle path" that parallels MD-175? Odenton is rich in bicycle trails but poor in bicycling connections to the centers of employment.
Ryan Stavely February 14, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Carol, you're absolutely right, I meant 32 East.
Nicole Organek February 15, 2013 at 02:23 PM
I would like to see alternate entry exit points to get to the platform at the MARC station. The tunnel is scary unless you are with a million other commuters during rush hour, but there is only one way to get across the tracks!
Dr. Dave March 28, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Carol, having previously been a resident of Seven Oaks for many years, I know the homeowners association/developer has open land set aside and there are funds available for relatively small projects like this. Have you brought this up to the association's Board at one of the meetings?


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