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Towson Manor Village residents plan protest of proposed firehouse location

Towson Manor Village residents have planned a rally on the corner of York Road and Towsontown Boulevard during rush hour Thursday to express opposition to the proposed use of Towson Manor Park as the site of a new Towson firehouse.

Resident Megan Saunders said in a news release that community members plan to meet at the park, located on the corner of East Towsontown Boulevard and Virginia Avenue, at 4 p.m. Thursday to gather signs and walk to York Road, where the hour-long rally will begin at 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Baltimore County formally announced its plan to sell the current Towson fire station property and use funds raised to build a new firehouse and install air-conditioning in Dumbarton Middle School.

Towson Manor Park was identified as "a potential location" for the new fire station, according to a county news release.

Since the communities surrounding the park heard of the plan last week, residents who use the park have sought alternatives and urged County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to find a new location for the firehouse that doesn't take away green space in downtown Towson.

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