BREAKING: Three restaurants near agreement to locate at Government Center site; amphitheater removed from plan, fireworks to continue
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:41

   On Wednesday morning, just after the print edition of The Eagle went to press, the Baltimore County government issued a press release stating that Vanguard Development LLC, developer of the North Point Government Center site, is close to securing commitments from three well-known national restaurant chains to locate in the planned retail center at the site.      
    According to the press release, Vanguard is in the process of negotiating letters of intent with Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and the Five Guys hamburger chain, and attorneys are in the process of formalizing the agreements.
    “When fast casual restaurants of this caliber want to come to Dundalk, it speaks volumes,” County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. said in the release.  “This is great news, and it will give a real boost to our economy creating hundreds of new jobs in the community.”
    “We are not surprised by the overwhelming interest in the project,” said Len Weinberg of Vanguard.  “One of the appeals of this project has been our belief that Dundalk is an underserved area that deserves premier retail and dining options.”
    County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said that “the county’s intent, from the very beginning, was to make sure that a high quality commercial/recreational complex would be built on this site .... This is a significant step forward for the community.”
    Weinberg also said that after hearing concerns from local residents, Vanguard will remove the proposed amphitheater from its plan.  
    “As we talked with members of the community, it became clear to me that they would prefer that we not include an amphitheater as part of the Merritt Pavilion project,” said Weinberg.  “We are certainly open to replacing the amphitheater with another amenity, and we’ll solicit additional ideas from the community as we move forward.”
    The annual July 4 fireworks display, held on the recreation fields adjacent to Grange Elementary School, will continue, according to the release. An agreement between the county and the Dundalk Heritage Fair Association permitting the fireworks was reportedly signed on Aug. 19.  
    “I am delighted that the fireworks will not have to relocate,” said Olszewski.  “This is just one of many important traditions in Dundalk, and I am thrilled that the fireworks will stay put.”
    For full coverage, including an exclusive interview with Weinberg, see next week’s edition of The Dundalk Eagle.