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  • Writer's pictureThe Baltimore Banner

What the fight over an empty shopping center says about Maryland’s housing issues

It may not look like much, but the empty Baltimore County shopping center surrounded by a sea of empty gray concrete is one of Maryland’s most divisive, and consequential, pieces of land.

Purchased by a county-based developer in 2020, Lutherville Station stands a few yards away from a light rail stop that connects Baltimore County to the city and Anne Arundel County. It has been eyed for new development that would add retail stores, commercial tenants and housing — lots of it — to the grounds.

But a few blocks away, neighbors have planted black signs in their yards with a clear message for the developer: “NO APARTMENTS NO COMPROMISE. SAVE SUBURBIA.”

State and county lawmakers, energized with a renewed urgency on housing policy, have sought to make the developer’s path forward easier. Maryland policymakers and planners consider Lutherville Station a textbook example of the kind of place that should be developed: one near a public transit line, situated on vacant commercial land and in a county exploding with potential but limited in how much land it has to add more growth.

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