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Monday, April 27, 2015

Reinventing Long Reach Village Center

Long Reach Village Center

      When I first started blogging one of the topics I blogged on was the reinvention of our Village Centers.  Last year Howard County purchased the Long Reach Village Center which was struggling to remain a viable center.   With the closing of the Safeway grocery store as an anchor the Village Center developed a number of vacancies.   Now the County Executive and the Long Reach Village Board are holding a meeting this Thursday April 30th to get public input on how to revitalize the Village Center.  Here is the information sent out on the meeting:

   " Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, along with the Long Reach Village Board, has scheduled meetings to seek input from residents about the revitalization of the Long Reach Village Center. The first ReImagine Long Reach Village Center meeting will be heldTthis hursday, April 30 from 7-9pm. Additional sessions will be held from 7-9pm at Stonehouse in the Village Center on May 28, June 11 and September 17. Howard County Government acquired the majority of the Village Center property in October 2014 and purchased the former Safeway site in February 2015. The county will develop a revitalization plan, then seek private developers to purchase the center and implement the plan. Each meeting will allow time for presentations as well as comments and questions from those attending."

For more information, visit the Long Reach Village Center redevelopment page on the county’s website at or contact Mark Thompson, Director of Downtown Redevelopment at 410-313-2350

     I am doing something today that I have never done before in my blog and that is to mention a GoFundMe effort for a local runner who was seriously injured by a falling tree branch. Tom Green is a legend in our local runner community. He was the first runner to finish all 4 major hundred mile runs in the same summer. I have known Tom for many years and frequently would run into him running around Lake Elkhorn. Tom was truly one of those people who has a warm and welcoming personality. We also happen to share the same birth year and have marked our 10 year major birthdays with group runs some of our fellow runners who share the same birth year. We have been doing 1K for every year of of age.


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