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School board OKs easement near Carver Center in Towson for health clinic

Approval was necessary for Patient First center on York Road

By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com

6:04 PM EDT, May 9, 2012

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The Baltimore County Board of Education this week approved a pair of easements that will allow for construction of the proposed Patient First medical clinic on York Road in Towson, according to 5th District County Councilman David Marks.

"I'm very happy the Patient First project is advancing, since it will transform a blighted part of northern Towson and bring dozens of jobs to the area," Marks said on May 9.

"I've personally spoken to (Baltimore County Public Schools) Superintendent (Joe) Hairston, and I applaud the school board's action," Marks said.

The clinic, which will be located at the site of the Towson WashMobile in the 900 block of York Road, requires easements from the school system because of the site's proximity to both the new and old Carver Center for the Arts and Technology buildings.

According to the summary of the contract considered by the school board at its meeting on Tuesday, the two easements will allow access into the site.

One easement will allow access from the south using the entrance road to Carver, and "will necessitate improvements to and widening of the entrance driveway to the school which will be paid by the private developer of the project," the contract note read.

The other will provide access from the north along Gerard Avenue, and was valued by an independent appraiser at $22,250, a sum that will be paid by the developers to the Board of Education.

The page on Patient First's website for the Towson location says the facility is "opening soon."

Patient First currently provides medical assistance ranging from on-site X-rays and a lab to prescription drugs at 38 locations from Pennsylvania to Virginia, including a facility in Lutherville, Perry Hall, Owings Mills and White Marsh.