Pulling out

An EMS truck pulls away from Fire Station No. 1. Baltimore County has plans to sell this property and build a new station in another location. The building was constructed in the 1950s. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun / June 27, 2012)

Baltimore County officials said Monday they no longer intend to relocate a fire station to Towson Manor Park, a plan the community had fought.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the county now plans to build the new Towson fire station at the corner of Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue, where the county owns a gas station that's used for county vehicles.

The fire station is currently located at the corner of Bosley Avenue and York Road, and plans to move it to the park sparked controversy among residents.

"This is a great announcement for the community, and I'm very happy we can get this behind us," said County Councilman David Marks, who said he worked with the administration and residents to find a different location.

The plan to build a new fire station is part of a proposal by Kamenetz to sell county properties for private development and use proceeds for aging school infrastructure. Officials also want to sell the North Point Government Center in Dundalk and the Randallstown Police Substation, and relocate the government services now located there.

The county issued requests for proposals for the land sales today, with responses due April 5.

"As always, the market will tell us whether or not our valuation of the properties is correct," Kamenetz said in a statement. "If we are right, then we will be able to replace a police precinct and a fire station for free at no cost to the taxpayers. We will also be able to dedicate funds for badly needed school renovation projects.

"Difficult economic times require us to devise new ways of doing business," he said. "We have to find creative ways to rebuild our aging infrastructure while protecting taxpayer dollars."

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