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Urban Green Development Progressing

The Frederick County Planning Commission recently approved the initial concept plan for Urban Green, a combination of more than 350 apartments plus commercial space on the south side of Urbana Pike, east of Fingerboard Road. Initial construction and preparation is underway across Route 355 and behind the Turning Point Plaza complex.

The proposed site will have eight apartment buildings – three garden-style apartments and five as tall as 60 feet, with four residential floors and a lower parking garage. One building will house 13,000 square feet of retail space. The complex is slated to have a swimming pool, fitness center and clubhouse, plus some garage and street parking.

Planning commissioners expressed concerns over the height of the buildings, pedestrian access throughout the complex, plus additional school capacity and needs for new residents. Property developer Matan Acquisitions Inc, agreed to pay $1.6 million in mitigation fees to move forward with the project. Combined with $1 million mitigation fees Natelli Communities will pay, Matan will build out the basement floor at Urbana Middle School, providing room for 300 additional students. Commissioners John McClurkin and Robert Lawrence were the most vocal with concerns about the project, which they said they will address at future meetings. More information is available at or

Serenity Treatment Center Celebrates Five Years of Service

Serenity Treatment Center, at 420 E. Patrick Street in Frederick, is celebrating five years of service to the Frederick community. Co-owners and Urbana residents Christine Marquardt and Deborah Conroy created a high-quality substance abuse treatment program for adolescents and adults in a respectful and welcoming environment to help clients recover from various addictions.

Conroy graduated from Mary Baldwin College in business and marketing. Her work in the medical field inspired her desire to help people with a holistic approach to wellness and recovery. Marquardt is a graduate of Columbia Union College and a registered nurse. They met in Urbana and realized their shared interests and began to plan a treatment center. “We began working from the ground up,” Marquardt said, “to create a treatment program that maintains the important basics of client care and service excellence as well as offering results-proven modalities to help clients achieve sobriety and recovery.”

The business takes the stigma and clinical aspect out of being in treatment and creates a space that is warm and welcoming and promotes healing. Services include treatment, education, evaluations and testing for drug and alcohol abuse. Also offered are family counseling, anger management courses and a special program for at-risk adolescents. Seven professionals at the center are certified by the state of Maryland in various fields and many have multiple certifications to better help clients in need.

Conroy is trained as a Reiki Practitioner II and offers the soothing, healing treatment, which lowers stress, pain and anxiety for clients. Guest speakers are often scheduled for informative sessions and drumming circles are a popular offering at the center. Participants can choose from several available drums during a session and express themselves in their own way in a form of mindfulness and meditation. A newly added service is complimentary seated massages for many clients, and recovery and life coaching helps clients set personal goals, identify areas they would like to improve and map their progress.

Serenity Treatment Center offers information, referrals and medicine administration for a new and promising medication, Vivitrol, to treat alcohol and opiate dependence. “With the increase in abuses and overdoses of prescription medicine and heroin in the area,” Marquardt said, “Vivitrol offers a bit of hope in attaining a long lasting recovery for a meaningful life. We are committed to offering the best care to each person who walks through our doors.”

For more information, visit, their page on Facebook or call 301.898.2627.

Advanced Auto Parts Now Open

Advanced Auto Parts is now open on Route 80 on the former Cracked Claw property. Construction is near completion for the Shell gas station and Dash In convenience store. Future construction plans are in the works for a Burger King and possibly a Philly Pretzel Factory. The space on Route 80 between Bank of America and Urbana High School is still planned for a grocery store, but at press time no decisions had been announced.


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