Red Maple Place, a development proposal for 413 E. Pennsylvania Ave., would create 56 affordable housing units on a 2.5-acre parcel of land. The project is being proposed by Homes For America, an Annapolis-based nonprofit housing developer that would manage the complex once completed.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6591 N. Charles St. Community input meetings are part of the development process in Baltimore County.
County Councilman David Marks, a Republican who represents Towson, said the Red Maple Place project was an opportunity for Baltimore County to “get it right” when it comes to developing affordable housing. Decreasing the footprint of the building by either constructing it taller or by including fewer units would help to alleviate community concerns that the East Towson area is already overdeveloped, he said.
“When I talk about affordable housing, I lament the fact that a lot of the housing is not accessible to transit or economic opportunities,” Marks said.
In a statement, County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said officials “must do our part to ensure equitable and affordable housing in Baltimore County.”
“We are considering community concerns regarding the project and are committed to ensuring that Red Maple Place will be an asset to the community and the residents of our county as a high-quality, affordable housing option,” he said.
Baltimore County is under a federal agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to further the private development of 1,000 affordable units over the next decade.
Marks said he is opposed to Olszewski’s housing bill, calling it a “property rights” issue.
In parts of his district, especially around Towson University, Marks has seen what he calls an “over-rentalization” of neighborhoods, where homes are bought and then rented out to temporary tenants, instead of purchased and lived in by homeowners.