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The face of Main Street in Bel Air could be changing, with the two- and three-story buildings soon sitting alongside a building that is five stories tall.

Joseph Snee Jr., an attorney whose office is on Main Street, is one of the principals behind South Main Street LLC, which is considering building the five-story structure at 118 and 116 Main St.

Snee said the corporation includes himself and a couple other people, whom he declined to identify.

Carol Deibel, planning department director for the town, said at a recent work session that the building would house Bay State Land Services and some other administrative offices.

The property is just north of Churchville Road and is the campaign headquarters for Harford County Executive David Craig as well as a bicycle shop.

The town allows properties to be up to five stories high, or 65 feet, in the town center overlay district.

Snee sent concept photographs and discussed the idea with town officials about two weeks ago, Mayor Dave Carey said.

Snee said he plans to submit a formal plan in about a week.

“It’s just a concept plan at this point and it was just to introduce the concept to Bel Air,” he said about the information he provided to the town.

He declined to discuss the exact size of such a building or what it would be used for, including whether it would be only an office building.

Snee did say the building would contain the offices of Gessner, Snee, Mahoney & Lutche P.A., which are about two blocks up from the property.

“That is definitely one of the considerations to grow,” he said.

He said he does not know what would happen with his current office building.

At the town’s most recent work session, on Tuesday, Carey and Deibel expressed concerns about the project.

Carey was outspoken about his opposition to its height.

“That really concerns, seeing five stories straight up next to two-story buildings,” he said.

Deibel said she told the developer to address the building’s imposing vertical facade, including a suggestion to put in a setback that might be used for a plaza.

They had talked about having a restaurant but decided it would be safer to go with offices, because of the economy, Deibel said.

There would be some parking behind the building for the firm’s principals, but most other employees would park in the nearby town garage, Deibel said.

Commissioner Terry Hanley noted parking is potentially available at the former health department building and now-closed Peppi’s Meat Store.

The developer would like to have the building completed within two years, Deibel said.

“We are just at the very beginning stages,” she said.

Bel Air’s board of town commissioners is canceling its March 15 town meeting because it only had one order of business.

The next meeting will be April 5.

Also at its work session, the board noted the opening of three new businesses in town: Dillweed’s Cafe, on Thomas Street; Bella Amici salon on South Main Street; and the Dark Horse Saloon in Bel Air.


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