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Towson 'gateway' gas station a traffic nightmare

West Towson residents and community members gathered outside the courthouse ahead of a Baltimore County Council meeting October 3 to protest a proposed Royal Farms. (Rachael Pacella / BSMG)

The Baltimore County Council seems likely to vote in support of unleashing a traffic nightmare on its residents. The intersection of York Road and Bosley Avenue, currently given a "D" rating, is about to get much, much worse. Planned unit development (PUD) legislation introduced by Councilman David Marks which would grant special permission to allow a mega-gas station at this intersection. The PUD was necessary because zoning laws would not allow for such a project at this location.

Has any commuter not been stuck in traffic and been aggravated? Does this not diminish your quality of life? Think about what it would be like to add not just a gas station on a major thoroughfare, which will require left turns backing up traffic every few minutes a car pulls in or out, but also large trucks trying to work their way into an already D-rated intersection, and you can see the daily backlog that will decrease the quality of life of our citizens.

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The developer on this project, Caves Valley Partners, has donated heavily to at least five of seven County Council members. They have donated even more heavily to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Is it not abundantly clear what is going on here?

I say this to members of the Baltimore County Council: Are you going to continue to allow corporate interests to trump the good of the community? Are you going to allow a gas station to be built right across the street from an existing station? Gas right near a school and a church and a residential area? A 24-hour hangout that is supposed to represent the "Gateway" to the town of Towson?

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If so, understand this: my comments regarding traffic at this location are not hyperbole. This will be a daily nightmare for commuters every work day, and town residents throughout every week. And we will remember that Councilman Marks, despite his own reservations, allowed this PUD to go forward, and we will remember the other council members who vote in favor of the mega-gas monstrosity that the community doesn't want. This is politics at its worst.

Ron Gallop, Towson

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