That being said, there is still a lot of room for improvement in the Village Center. There are vacant storefronts and vacant lots on Stevens Forest Road and the Community Policing Office is in an unattractive trailer. Now riddle me this; where's the Village Green?
One of those fundamentals is a Village Green. First and foremost the current building that houses the Second Chance Saloon has to be demolished.
The new Second Chance Saloon will be in a new building on the grounds currently occupying the Bankok Garden Restaurant. Since the Meridian Square Development didn't go through, I think subsidized Senior Housing should where it was proposed to be (the old Exxon Grounds) named "Parkview at Oakland Mills".
Qualified Seniors currently living in Oakland Mills will get first pick. Now, the Meridian Square design should be used to redevelop the outdated Stevens Forest Professional Center on Santiago Road. Speaking of Santiago Road, the Interfaith Center is prime for redevelopment.
One thing requested in the Village Center Master Plan was Spiritual Community Green Space outside the Interfaith Center. Redeveloping the Interfaith will recognize this goal and it will face the extended Thunderhill Road to truly integrate the Interfaith Center into the Village Center. More Green Space will be provided around the fountain outside the current Second Chance Saloon.
The Interfaith Center Green Space and the Retail Center Green Space will be "connected" through the current Robert Oliver Place Streetscape Enhancements as a promenade. All this for a Village Green? Yes and it's worth it! This also allow for Thunderhill Road to be extended past Santiago Road/Robert Oliver Place all the way to Stevens Forest Road.
Also with increased competition from new Grocers it's time the Village Centers began attracting them as tenants as well. Food Lion has an upscale counterpart known as Bloom. Since Food Lion is the Anchor Tenant a switch to Bloom won't be unreasonable.
Between the Food Lion/Bloom and the Ice Rink is an open space that would be great for a Starbucks. Imagine the appeal Shoppers will have when approaching the Village Center from Thunderhill Road and seeing a Starbucks.
Also with the Second Chance Saloon Building demolished, there's room to expand from the Liquor Store towards the barns. New tenants would include a Coldstone Creamery, a FedEx Kinkos, and a proper space for the Community Policing Office. Along Stevens Forest Road there's room for change too.
The old Bank Building will be the new location for Sam's Mart. It will be the convience store (with a Krispy Kreme Donuts and Boardwalk Fries) for the Shell Gas Station with a touchless Car Wash. That's right after ten long years I'm bringing a Gas Station back to Oakland Mills.
Where Sam's Mart currently is, will become home to an Outback Steakhouse and a Bonefish Grill.
We'll start at Stevens Forest Apartments, originally intended to Senior Housing in my plan it's now for all ages at a 100% Market Rate Home Ownership housing for all ages.
Now Grand Pointe, varying from Garden Apartments to a High Rise its replacement; Talbott Springs Pointe will boast 55% Market Rate Home Ownership 30% Market Rate Rentals, 10% Affordable Home Ownership and 5% Affordable Rentals.
Autumn Crest, renamed Talbott Springs Overlook, will have 60% Market Rate Home Ownership, 20% Market Rate Rentals, 15% Affordable Home Ownership, and 5% Affordable Rentals.
The Verona at Oakland Mills will retain its name but will ultimately hit the wrecking ball. It will include 35% Market Rate Home Ownership 30% Market Rate Rentals, 20% Affordable Home Ownership, and 15% Affordable Rentals. As you can tell from the pictures what I have envisioned for the new developments will be of the same density as their current predecessors however, they include all modern conveniences that newer parts of Howard County are known for.
Now for the hard part, redeveloping privately owned developments. Just like the rentals they too have seen their day in the sun. Again we want displacement to be minimal and there will be some "buyouts" mostly to people who rent out their homes in the first place.
First up will be the Shadow Oaks Condos. In it place will be Oakland Mills Town Centre. It will be 40% Market Rate Home Ownership, 50% Market Rate Rental, and 10% Affordable Home Ownership.
Next comes the Cinnamon Tree Quads, they have suffered from poor maintenance and low Home Ownership Rates as well as high turnover. Cinnamon Tree has two sites one on Thunderhill Road, the other in Stevens Forest. Both sites make for an entrance from nicer Single Family Homes into the blighted part of the Village. The perception of safety plummets upon entering through Cinnamon Tree. The Thunderhill site will be renamed The Townes at Talbott Springs I
and the neighboring Emerson Hill Development will be renamed (after redevelopment) The Townes at Talbott Springs II. The new Stevens Forset Cinnamon Tree will be called the Towns at Stevens Forest.
Going down Kilminjaro Road we come to a Town Home known as Antorun. After redevelopment the new homes will feature one car garages and better front door street access.
Past the High School we come to Tarleton, perhaps the ugliest Town Homes known to man. Like, Antorun they will be redeveloped with two car garage Town Homes that will be larger and taller. Finally we come to Holly Court, just like other Town Home Developments it's dated and is ready for redevelopment. It will also feature Town Homes with two car garages.