Feedback sought on Harbour View development

Published 10:52 pm Monday, January 22, 2018

The community will have a chance to ask questions and talk to city officials about the proposed plans for The Point at Harbour View at 6 p.m. Jan. 30.

“The format of the meeting is a community open house,” said Kevin Hughes, director of economic development. “What we will have is a number of visuals and displays. I will be on site with staff and the developers to provide one-on-ones. We have created a dedicated webpage for the rezoning.”

The application proposes to rezone the property to mixed-use district from its current zoning of commerce park.

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Current plans for The Point at Harbour View include commercial and residential uses including retail, office space and multi-family residences. During a Dec. 20 City Council work session, Hughes described the philosophy for the property as an “innovation district.”

“What is important is the site today is zoned for development, and we are looking to enhance it,” Hughes said.

The Harbour View area recently lost defense contractors and modeling and simulation businesses in recent years, after the disestablishment of the U.S. Joint Forces Command in 2011. The same office space in Bridgeway Technology Centers that in 2010 was occupied by tenants such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing is now occupied by health care and office furniture businesses, a church and a Social Services office, among others.

The chance for interaction and community feedback is the most important part for Councilman Lue Ward. The site development is in Ward’s borough.

“I think that’s the best way to do any type of situation, see how the people feel about it,” Ward said. “The community wants to be involved and not be surprised. It’s a good way to do things.”

After the information night, if there is enough positive feedback from the community, the Economic Development Authority plans to continue with the application and public hearings, according to Hughes.

The meeting, which will last until 8 p.m., will be located at Hub757, 6801 Bridgeway Drive.