Metro Centre Groundbreaking Is 'Major Milestone' For Development

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by Alexander Pyles

Originally posted July 28, 2011

Councilwoman Vicki Almond says she has been working on the Metro Centre project at Owings Mills Metro Station for 20 years, beginning from her time as an interested county citizen to her current elected office.

And Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra Kurtinitis said she was OK with growing old waiting for construction to start, but was grateful she did not have to grow "very, very old."

The two women were representative of the common refrain at the groundbreaking for the oft-delayed Owings Mills Metro Centre, where a $30 million, 120,000 square foot branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and CCBC Owings Mills Center will serve as the anchor building for one of Maryland's first transit-oriented developments.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking, said the area "has the potential to become a true center for community life" in Owings Mills, and local business leaders hoped the development would fill a major void.

"It's going to be a good stimulus for the area," said Brian L. DeLeonardo, newly-minted president of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce.

"It's a lot of people that will be coming to this area, making it more of a community hub," DeLeonardo said. "One of the nice things about this is going to be…it really becomes part of the community."

The library will be the 19th and largest branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, with a 142,000-item collection prepared for opening day. Seventy computers will be available for use and wi-fi is installed throughout the building, said Jim Fish, director of the library system.

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