Here is an article from Sun fishwrap about the county land that was once purchased for the purpose of creating a new county government complex in Ellicott City. Instead, the land will be sold and 163 townhomes will be built there. Additionally, an office building will be built and about 35 percent of the land will remain as open space.
This development is a good idea. Despite what some think, Ellicott City is not that much of a boom town. The packed traffic along Route 40 on weekend mornings doesn't mean the recession hasn't it there. Just the opposite; Normandy Shopping Center is hanging on by a thread and many of the car dealers in that area have closed. I'm not sure if the addition of 500 new residents will create an impetus to bring a new grocery store to Normandy, but it sure can't hurt.
Obviously there is a concern about this development and traffic. I'm actually not that concerned about that. From the location of this development traffic will go in all directions; east and west on Route 40, down Frederick Road and out to Catonsville. Hopefully the traffic will be diffuse enough to not add much of an additional burden in terms of traffic.