The Baltimore County Council on Feb. 9 was expected to consider a bill by Councilman David Marks aimed at easing parking limitations at what is currently Towson Circle. Marks' bill would revise the front, rear and side yard setback requirements, the floor area ratio requirements and the building height requirements for "certain buildings" in the current CT (Commercial, Towson Core) zoning district.
Several Towson residents are circulating a petition asking the Baltimore County Council to keep a proposed Towson Urban Center overlay district north of Towsontown Boulevard, so as not to make future developments in the downtown core too dense. Also, a bill by Councilman David Marks to ease parking restrictions for a development that is proposed on the site of Trader Joe's was expected to be voted on this week.
Wells Fargo Bank branch in 900 block of Fairmount Avenue in Towson was robbed Jan. 29 for the third time since November, 2015 - and the ninth time since 2000. Police say its location off York Road and near the Beltway makes it as alluring to robbers as it is to bank customers.
Two state legislators are filing bond bills to help Baltimore County defray the cost of purchasing a Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses satellite property that many Towson residents and community leaders say they want to see turned into a county park or recreational open space.
Few issues are able to rile an electorate or strike fear in elected leaders like snow plowing. Elections have been lost after failed snow removal efforts, accusations are routinely hurled about rich neighborhoods getting cleared first, and elected officials sometimes sound alarms over perceived political slights.
Caves Valley Partners, the developer of Towson Row, has agreed to pay an additional $95,000 in open space waiver fees beyond the $55,000 that the company was required to pay Baltimore County. The additional money will be paid to two community groups, the West Towson Neighborhood Association and the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations.
When the General Assembly opens its 2016 session today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will be seeking state funding for everything from school construction to transportation projects and road work. But one thing Kamenetz won't be seeking is state funding for a planned Towson circulator bus program that is popular with the County Council and business groups.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and County Fire Chief John Hohman were on hand for the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new, $7.6 million fire station at Bosley and Towsontown Boulevard in Towson.
Some members of the Baltimore County Council are frustrated that County Executive Kevin Kamenetz declined more than $250,000 from Baltimore City for sending police officers and firefighters to the city following April's rioting.
A prejudiced notion lies at the heart of a decision by Baltimore City officials to quietly spend $19 million over the past eight years to finance the purchase of 46 houses in four counties near the city to serve as public housing for Baltimore residents ¿ that most suburban Baltimore residents are at best NIMBYs or, at worst, racist and fearful.
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks hands out his annual Fifth District Citizens of the Year awards, including to longtime county Family Crisis Center and Christ Church Society volunteer Jo Marvan. It's been a good year for British native Marvan, who became U.S. citizen this past August.
Baltimore County land preservation advocates last week issued a call to action for 2016 on the county and state levels. The Baltimore County Land Trust Alliance, with an office in the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture, in Cockeysville, sponsored the Dec. 2 meeting at which state and county officials supported an agenda that focused on land acquisition and increased funding.
Towson's Patriot Plaza -— an underused park with a leaky fountain near the Baltimore County government office building — is getting a multimillion-dollar makeover, and officials are floating the idea of an outdoor ice rink.
West Towson Elementary School held a healthy food tasting event for students on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The "Food for Thought Taste Off" was made possible with a generous donation of food and time by ShopRite, of Timonium.
When Baltimore County announced in June its plan to acquire 2.5 acres of Radebaugh Florist property off Aigburth Avenue in Towson to preserve it from potential development, it sounded like a done deal. But an attorney for the Radebaugh family immediately called the announcement "premature," and five months later, the sale has yet to be finalized.
Tim Tenne was recently chosen as chairman of a new Baltimore County Committee tasked with looking at the logistics of making Towson a separate council district. The committee has been pulled together through the office of Councilman David Marks. Transparency and public participation are foundations for the group.
Cromwood-Coventry residents and their elected officials say there is no doubt in their minds that Oakleigh Road needed to be shut because of erosion. "The county made the right call," said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks. But there is less agreement on when, if ever, the road will reopen.
The cutting down of an old, tall oak by Baltimore County subcontractors on Piccadilly Road in Towson in late September prompts residents, elected officials and environmental activists to question tree removal policies. They say local governments should consider fixing or bypassing sections of sidewalks instead of removing healthy trees. But county officials say the aging tree's roots were buckling the sidewalk and posed a pedestrian hazard in the public right-of-way.
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, State Del. Steve Lafferty, members of the West Towson Community Association, and volunteers from AmeriCorps, Goucher College and Towson University, were among several dozen volunteers who helped plant 49 trees Oct. 17, ranging from American elms and black gum to scarlet and willow oak, on selected streets, in an effort led by Blue Water Baltimore.
Business and government leaders raised small plastic glasses of lemonade and ginger ale on Friday and toasted the progress of Towson Row, a massive development project promoted as a transformational investment in downtown Towson.
As the dramatic transformation of downtown Towson picks up momentum, the urgency grows to make sure whatever open space exists in and around the county seat is preserved — and to ensure that more is added. Enter the Green Towson Alliance, an advocacy group that brings together activists from 10 Towson-area community groups so far.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson will unveil plans Thursday to equip county police officers with body cameras, according to officials who were briefed on the plans.