Shaun and I have displayed the West County Chamber's Odenton Town Center Exhibit at several community events over the last year or so, including DISA conferences and Church Grand Openings. It makes me smile every time I hear someone say, “The Odenton Town Center, huh? When’s that going to happen?”
All I have to do is start going through all the major construction going on right now to see their faces change and realize they haven’t been to Odenton in a while. One great example of what’s happening inside the Odenton Town Center is The Village at Odenton Station.
Opposite the busiest MARC Rail Station on the Penn Line with 3,000 riders per day, you can’t help but notice Dolben’s The Village at Odenton Station project. The Village at Odenton Station is Anne Arundel County’s first transit-oriented, mixed-use development. The development consists of 57,000 square feet of retail beneath 235 luxury apartment homes, and is adjacent to the Odenton MARC Rail Station, with direct access to Fort Meade via shuttle bus. This mixed use, transit oriented project is less than 2 miles from Fort Meade, with 109,000 vehicles entering the gates daily and 56,000 employees.
With over 10,000 residential units throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions, The Dolben Company prides itself in putting together only the highest quality team to develop and manage their communities. Just look at the level of detail they have put into The Village at Odenton Station and you will see just how meticulous they are. Dolben is providing an old fashioned, pedestrian-friendly village architecture, designed to Bronze Natural Green Building Standards, and providing open spaces featuring a piazza, clock tower, and hiker/biker trail. They even went to great lengths to go to the tile mill to have their exterior tiles customized to match the exact color they wanted.
Metropolitan Management’s Trish Palumbo, the retail broker for the Village at Odenton Station, personally met us at her site and is very excited about this project. She told us that the 57k SF of retail that she represents will deliver by April 2012 and that the 235 luxury apartments, which are ahead of schedule, are projected to deliver by the end of 2012.
She has also indicated that she currently has significant interest and letters of intent out on several retail spaces including several quality restaurants, a coffee shop (Shaun and I have our fingers crossed for a Starbucks), a dry cleaner, pharmacy, smaller restaurants, retail, and medical services. With over 600 on-site parking spaces, the retail component will also have full access to the train station’s parking spaces after hours.
The leasing of the 235 luxury apartments is also keeping pace and the project is projected to be fully occupied by the end of 2012.
Check out the The Village at Odenton Station Virtual Tour