Kamenetz Celebrates County Campus, First Building to Open in Metro Centre at Owings Mills
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz celebrated County Campus, the first building to open in the Metro Centre at Owings Mills transit oriented development. The County's largest library branch and The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) share the six-story, 120,000 square foot building, built to meet LEED Silver green building standards.
The library is open to the public now, with CCBC Owings Mills classes starting at County Campus in early July, 2013. A four-story Class A office building and two Metro Crossing apartment buildings with ground floor retail are under construction. Metro Centre at Owings Mills is being developed by Owings Mills Transit, LLC. David S. Brown Enterprises, LTD is the site manager.
"It's truly happening in Owings Mills. After a long wait, the Metro Centre at Owings Mills is rapidly springing to life," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "This is mixed-use, transit oriented development at its best. We're thrilled to have the County Campus with a library and community college as its centerpiece."
The Owings Mills library features an opening day collection of 142,000 items, 70 public access computers, an enclosed children's area with story time room, study rooms and a café. A third floor community meeting room will be shared with CCBC. The library will be open 7 days a week.
"The Baltimore County Public Library is very excited about opening its nineteenth and largest branch. It will greatly enhance library service to the people in the Owings Mills area and add to the wonderful synergy of the Metro Centre project," said Jim Fish, Director of the Baltimore County Public Library.
"A great community deserves a great public library," said Councilman Ken Oliver.
"The library and community college's County Campus building is a beautiful, welcoming place for neighbors, families, students and Metro commuters," said Councilwoman Vicki Almond.
When the mixed-use Metro Centre at Owings Mills is completed, it will include the 120,000 square foot County Campus library and Community College; more than 1.2 million square feet of Class "A" office space; 300,000 square feet of complementary retail and restaurant space; 1,700 residential units; and a hotel with up to 250 rooms.
"The County Campus building is a one-of-a-kind facility in Baltimore County that is perfectly suited to anchor this transit oriented development," stated Howard Brown, Chairman of David S. Brown Enterprises, Ltd. "We envision high school and college students, Metro riders, and members of the community coming to the building and, in the future, interacting with the planned businesses, retail, hospitality and entertainment uses."