Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
Owings Mills Groundbreaking
July 17, 2012
Thank you Howard. What a great day to be in Owings Mills.
True Community Center
It was 1998, when the first ideas began to come together for a transit-oriented development in Owings Mills that combined public and private investment. Last year, 13 years later, we finally broke ground on the first Metro Centre at Owings Mills building, a building that will truly become a community center for the people of Owings Mills, just as they envisioned all those years ago.
Now as I am certain many of you know, I am not the world’s most patient man. I want things done now, if not yesterday. But as I stand here today, watching the construction begin on these three new buildings, and the vision of this place finally becoming a reality, I am reminded that sometimes, good things really do come to those who wait and persist.
A Promise Kept
When I was elected County Executive, I promised the Owings Mills community that as County Executive I would jumpstart this project. So to see this work moving forward, to see the future of this community taking shape is extremely gratifying. But I know that as good as this may feel to me, it feels even better for the people who worked so hard to make this happen.
One day, these residential, office, and retail buildings will combine with the northwest center for the Community College of Baltimore County and the largest public library branch in Baltimore County to create a truly vibrant town center for Owings Mills.
Make no mistake – Owings Mills is a great place to live and a great place to do business. This is a strong market that is growing even stronger. Look at the expansion – no, the explosion, of growth at Stevenson University’s Owings Mills campus; the hundreds of new luxury apartments around the corner along Red Run and Dolfield. In the coming months, T. Rowe Price will begin hiring to fill two new buildings on its financial campus down the street. This market is strong, the demographics are strong, and the future is bright for all of Owings Mills. With the new library and community college at its core, the Metro Centre at Owings Mills is a center of pride for the community and all of Baltimore County.
Over 30 years ago, Baltimore County designated Owings Mills a growth area. When you look around today, we can truly say Owings Mills has grown up quite nicely.