Overview

The City Of Aberdeen is using Demonstration Project Grant funding to support the Aberdeen TOD Area initiatives.  The funds are being used to support the City of Aberdeen as it prepares specific zoning code amendments that will accommodate TOD within the one-half mile radius of the Aberdeen Train Station.

The Grantee

The City of Aberdeen is located 30 miles north of Baltimore, flanking the northeastern coastal transportation corridor stretching from Washington to Boston.  Direct linkages to this transportation network have been a major force in shaping the City’s past growth and will continue to influence its future growth.  As of 2010, the City’s population is 14,959 and encompasses 6.47 square miles.

Project Narrative

In 2010, Governor O’Malley designated the Aberdeen Train Station as a future site for Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which supports mixed use development around the station area. Demonstration Project Grant funding from The Opportunity Collaborative is being utilized to support the Aberdeen TOD Area initiatives.  With an updated Inventory Assessment, identifying the needs of the community, completed Gap Analysis Report, and recommendations to complete necessary Zoning/Development Code amendments; the City can actively work to create a vibrant TOD in downtown Aberdeen.

Communities and Population Served

The existing Aberdeen Train Station provides daily MARC and Amtrak service to commuters, as well as a bus stop for the Harford Transit Link.  Many residents of the City utilize this commuter service on a daily basis.  The Aberdeen Train Station is also served by the local Harford County Transit network.  The station also provides a link for shuttle service to Aberdeen Proving Ground, the largest employer in Harford County with 21,000 DoD civilian and military personnel.

The Grantee and Project Partners

Aberdeen is located 30 miles north of Baltimore, flanking the northeastern coastal transportation corridor stretching from Washington to Boston.  Direct linkages to this transportation network have been a major force in shaping the City’s past growth and will continue to influence its future growth.  The City has been working collaboratively with the State Highway Administration (SHA), and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) on the Aberdeen Train Station enhancements and TOD opportunities.   We share one common goal which is to improve and expand on a great downtown asset, the Aberdeen Train Station.

The Aberdeen community is served by Amtrak and MARC.  This service connects Aberdeen to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  Many residents of the City utilize this commuter service on a daily basis.  The existing Aberdeen Train Station provides daily MARC and Amtrak service to commuters, as well as a bus stop for the Harford Transit Link.  The Harford County Transit network is most used by transit-dependent riders.  The station also provides as a link for shuttle service to Aberdeen Proving Ground, the largest employer in Harford County with 21,000 DoD civilian and military personnel.

 

Locations

Activities and events will be focused within a one-half mile of the Aberdeen Train Station, located within a designated TOD area, as well as a priority funding area and in close proximity to a HUB Zone.  Several low-income housing developments reside within the boundaries of the study area.  Two affordable and workforce housing projects are currently under construction near the Aberdeen Train Station.  Zoning code amendments allowing additional density, development incentives, and public/private partnerships are crucial to the success of the TOD area.