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Johnny Olszewski Jr. wants to build more affordable housing. Will Baltimore County let him?

Facing a glut of aging shopping centers and a shrinking supply of developable land, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. proposed a bill last month that would have eased roadblocks to redevelopment. Criticism was swift, prompting Olszewski to withdraw it in lieu of a council-backed alternative.

But unlike previous attempts to spur housing production, the county will receive a boost from the state amid a looming federal deadline to produce 1,000 affordable units, a lofty goal Olszewski believes can be partly met via redevelopment.

“We’re sort of at a crossroads in Baltimore County where we used to be a leader in land use and smart growth when we adopted the [Urban-Rural Demarcation Line] over 50 years ago,” Olszewski, a Democrat, said in an interview. “So [either] we just decline through atrophy over time, or we are intentional about going back into those places [and redeveloping them].”

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