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Towson park a bad choice for proposed new fire station

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed selling the Towson fire station at York Road and Bosley Avenue to raise money for the county ("Balto. Co. plans to sell buildings," Dec. 11). He has stated that the funds would be used to build a new fire station and to help fund air-conditioning at Dumbarton Middle School.

I applaud the county executive for finding creative ways to fund projects. And, yes, Dumbarton badly needs air-conditioning, while the fire station is very old and needs replacing. However, the cost to the community is too great because part of his solution would be to build a new fire station on park land.

Mr. Kamenetz proposes building the new fire station on the site of a community park on Towsontown Boulevard that serves Towson Manor Village and is located across the street from the historic East Towson neighborhood.

This is one of the few parks in Towson. It is used by residents for a range of community activities and is an asset for residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.

I asked the county executive to reconsider his decision, or at least delay plans to sell the station. He indicated he plans to go ahead with the sale and relocate the station while he looks at alternatives.

I strongly recommend that if he is intent on selling at this time, his best alternative is the underutilized gravel parking lot on Chesapeake and Bosley Avenues, not the neighborhood park.

No proposal for sale should go forward until an alternative location is found. And no park land should be taken to build a fire station in Towson.

Steve Lafferty, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents Baltimore County in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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