Hotel Proposed for Urbana Corporate Retail Center
Urbana Corporate Center LLC has requested site plan approval for a 125-room, six-story hotel and 30,829 square feet of retail and restaurant uses on a 7.98-acre site located at the intersection of MD 80/Fingerboard Road and Bennett Creek Avenue in the Urbana Office Research Center. The I-270/MD 80 interchange and Urbana Park and Ride lots are adjacent to the site.
The proposed retail/restaurant/hotel center will feature seven structures. The primary entrance proposed will be from Bennett Creek Avenue, across the street from the entrance to the Legal & General America building.
The site plan will be discussed by the Frederick County Planning Commission on Feb. 27.
Third Annual Classmates4Life Contest Underway
On Feb. 14 at Walkersville High School, the third annual Classmates4Life film and poster contest got underway. Classmates4Life is a nonprofit that works to raise drug addiction awareness and prevention in the community. Kids are invited to create a video or poster that explores the dangers of drug abuse. There is no fee to enter, and winners receive scholarship money, entertainment tickets and more. Visit classmates4life.com to find out more.
The contest was founded by Billy Shreve, and Rotary District 7620 sponsors it along with the YMCA of Frederick County, Frederick Memorial Hospital, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Frederick County Health Department, Frederick County Public Schools, Gale House Recovery, Frederick County PTSA, the Rotary Club of New Market and Brunswick, and the Urbana High School Interact Club.
UHS FFA Holds Food Bank Fundraiser
Faculty, students and parents in the Urbana High School FFA program held the 3rd Annual Food Insecurity Awareness Dinner on Feb. 19 at Dutch’s Daughter. Funds raised at the dinner, which included a silent auction, will help to support the 234 families of the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank.
Please “like” the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank on Facebook to follow urgent needs. The Food Bank has eight refrigerators and freezers and can accept party and event leftovers as well as fresh vegetables and fruit.
The Food Bank also accepts clothing, furniture, household goods, decor items and baby diapers and equipment. Large items must be arranged for ahead of time. Please contact Jo Ostby with questions, 240.529.4815.
DNR Reports Slower Deer Season
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that deer hunters harvested 77,382 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 7, 2018 through Jan. 31, 2019. The harvest was 11 percent lower than the 2017-2018 total of 86,542 deer, as multiple rain and ice events on key Saturdays limited success for hunters this season.
“Poor weather dampened success on prime Saturdays, especially during the firearms season this year,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “However, the addition of Sunday hunting in several counties offered an alternative day to effectively fill the gap for hunters and farmers who are often limited to weekend hunting days only. Nearly 8,500 deer were taken on Sundays this season, up nearly 20 percent from prior year Sunday hunt totals.”
Frederick County led the harvest totals again this year with 6,545 deer, followed by Carroll County with 5,421 and Garrett County at 4,973. Washington and Baltimore counties rounded out the top five with 4,620 and 4,604 deer, respectively.