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It is located approximately at the intersection of Maryland State Highway 100 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. It is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and is located just southwest of the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (commonly known as "BWI").
Hanover was largely unknown prior to the opening of the Arundel Mills mall in November 2000. Since then, the area has seen explosive growth; shopping centers and housing developments have popped up along Arundel Mills Boulevard (Route 713), which links the B-W Parkway and Route 100 to Arundel Mills. On November 2, 2010, Anne Arundel County voters approved zoning for a gaming and entertainment complex with 4,750 slot machines at Arundel Mills Mall. This casino complex opened as Maryland Live! in June 2012. The Maryland Department of Transportation is headquartered at 7201 Corporate Center Drive, which has a Hanover address.
Real estate developments
- Arundel Mills mall and Maryland Live! casino
- Dorsey Ridge Luxury Apartments and Villas - Opened in 2013
- Parkside Townhomes
- Stoney Run Garden condominiums
- Villages of Dorchester, a residential development
- Arundel Preserve, a mixed-use development that at completion will include about two million square feet of office space, 500 apartments, 440 homes, 300,000 square feet (30,000 m2) of retail space, and two hotels near Arundel Mills mall.
- Ridgefield I and II, constructed by Rice Homes and Washington Homes in the late 1970s and early 1980s
- Ridgewood, constructed by Washington Homes in the early 1980s featuring homes with 1-acre (4,000 m2) lots
- The Ridgewood fires took place as far back as the early 1890's, and still burn today under ground in the coal mines.