BOWIE – The manager of Bowie Town Center has proposed a change to the city code to allow the center to host more than one carnival a year. Simon Property Group, proposed the change because last year the city council changed the code to restrict shopping centers to host just one carnival per year. “In […]
BOWIE – The manager of Bowie Town Center has proposed a change to the city code to allow the center to host more than one carnival a year.
Simon Property Group, proposed the change because last year the city council changed the code to restrict shopping centers to host just one carnival per year.
“In the past, we have typically hosted two carnivals per year and are currently working with the city to finalize our community engagement plans for 2015,” said Steven Andrews, mall manager for Bowie Town Center.
Attorneys representing Simon sent a proposed ordinance to city staff following a briefing of the city council on March 2 regarding the status of the town center.
According to Bowie City Manager David Deutsch, the city code was changed “about six months ago” and the company is asking it to be changed back. The original code did not restrict the number of carnivals held at Bowie Town Center. Under the original code, the city could have more than two carnivals per year if they wanted.
Simon Property Group argues that carnivals and similar events benefit the community by providing a family-friendly and safe experience that is unique while at the same time, helping retailers financially.
“Bowie Town Center is committed to providing the community with engaging events and entertainment offerings, including our Friday Night Live concert series, Santa Arrival events, Easter events and more,” said Andrews.
Deutsch said he thinks the request is “workable.”
“I think that the company has recognized the concern that the city had and they’ve committed to making sure that there’s appropriate preparation in place when these events occur to minimize possible problems,” Deutsch said. “The last time that they had one, we had no problems in terms of police activity or noise complaints.”
At events years ago problems occurred, such as noise issues and need for police, but over the last couple of years, the company has done a “better job” in preparing and working with the city police, Deutsch said, and ensuring the carnival operator adheres to time constraints.
“I think it (the proposal) reflects a spirit of cooperation between the city and Simon,” Deutsch said. “I expect that the council is going to support the request.”