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Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold Announces Brooklyn Park Revitalization Effort

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 20, 2010)

A focused, action oriented effort to encourage new investment in the commercial and residential areas of Brooklyn Park is under way.  Led by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) and the Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning, the revitalization effort will invigorate economic development, facilitate physical improvements along the commercial corridor, establish a renewed sense of community, and enhance the role of the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park.

"The Brooklyn Park Revitalization effort is a County priority because it will create business, provide retail alternatives for existing and future residents, address the shortage of workforce housing in Anne Arundel County, and it will ultimately grow the county tax base," said Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold.  "Brooklyn Park has easy access to the greater Baltimore Metro region, good public transit service, and a mix of commercial uses serving the surrounding neighborhoods - everything needed to continue as one of Anne Arundel County's foundation communities."

A newly formed, inter-agency Revitalization Action Plan Committee, appointed by County Executive Leopold, will drive the process.  The committee will meet for the first time on Friday, May 21, 2010 to organize a comprehensive approach, engaging existing community associations, business groups, and arts/fraternal organizations, and public institutions to this effort.  Recommendations from the Brooklyn Park Small Area Plan, the Brooklyn Park Urban Design Study (Rhodeside and Harwell), and the Brooklyn Park Market Study (LISC  MetroEdge and AAEDC) will be used by the committee to create an implementation plan and schedule.  Brooklyn Park has already been designated as one of the County's Revitalization Districts.  It has also been designated as a Maryland Neighborhood Business Development Area and as a Maryland Community Legacy area.

Members of the Brooklyn Park Revitalization Action Plan Committee are:

  • Pat Barland, Senior Planner, Anne Arundel Planning and Zoning Department (committee co-coordinator)
  • Mary Burkholder, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (committee co-coordinator)
  • Natalie Edington, Chief Librarian, Brooklyn Park Branch, Anne Arundel Public Library
  • Chuck Yocum, Specialist in Development and Planning, AACPS
  • Robert Hannon, President and CEO, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
  • Davina Hill, Executive Director, Chesapeake Arts Center
  • Corporal Patrick Hogan, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Northern District
  • Councilman Daryl Jones
  • Kathy Koch, Executive Director, Arundel Community Development Services
  • Bob Leib, Anne Arundel County Executive's Office
  • Debra Russell, State Highway Administration, Special Projects Division
  • Jenny Hope, Project Manager, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Larry Tom, Director, Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning
"This collective, inclusive effort will ensure coordination and communication among all interests for the betterment of the Brooklyn Park community," said County Executive Leopold.

For more information about the Brooklyn Park Revitalization Effort, please contact Mary Burkholder, AAEDC Business Development Director, at 410-222-7410, email mburkholder@aaedc.org or Patricia Barland at 410-222-7792, email pzbarl11@aacounty.org.


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