Major projects are underway in Towson’s core, and the coming years are likely to be a series of ribbon-cutting ceremonies. When the buildings currently under construction are complete, downtown Towson will have grown by more than 800 residential units and thousands of square feet of retail space.
Baltimore County officials celebrated the grand opening of a CVS Pharmacy at the corner of York Road and Chesapeake Avenue, at the Towson Commons shopping center Friday saying that the pharmacy will help to make downtown Towson more vibrant.
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.
The Children's Chorus of Maryland and School of Music is taking up residence at the Cranston Building in Towson. It's the first permanent home for the group, which was founded in 1976 by Lutherville resident and music educator Betty Bertaux. The chorus will be holding auditions for members, ages 5-11, starting on April 3.
Downtown Towson is changing and just how profound the change will be was the subject of a panel discussion Tuesday during the "It's Towson's Time" event sponsored by the Urban Land Institute Baltimore and hosted by Goucher College.
Several downtown Towson businesses recently expressed interest in Baltimore County's Commercial Revitalization services, a program county officials say will help businesses keep up with a changing Towson landscape.
Towson's Greene Turtle restaurant on Thursday unveiled its new rooftop "Turtle Shell" bar, an $890,000 addition and renovation that caused a stir in both Towson and Annapolis because of the public loans used on the project.
Tomlinson Craft Collection is closing its doors forever after 40 years in business, mostly recently at Hunt Valley Towne Centre. Through the years, Tomlinson has also had stores at the Rotunda and Harborplace.
Optimism abounds for Caves Valley Partners' plan to build Towson Row, a one million square foot mixed-use community off York Road near Towsontown Boulevard. There's demand for new construction and the walkable experience that the project aims to create, real estate experts say.
A number of proposed new projects are on the horizon that would make the county seat's commercial core on York Road a magnet for visitors and shoppers. Prominent among these are the $85 million Towson Square project that will include a 15-screen movie theater, a $27 million renovation at the Towson City Center highrise on the Towson Circle and a proposal to rejuvenate the Towson Commons indoor mall.
As he announced a trio of new restaurants and a VIP element for the 15-screen movie theater planned for the Towson Square project, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Tuesday described the $85 million development as key in the quest to make the county seat a true destination spot.
Councilman David Marks introduced a bill on Dec. 17 that would alter the county's parking code relating to athletic and fitness centers and health spas — and did so with an eye toward bringing a tenant into one of Towson's largest vacant buildings.
The rotunda at Towson Commons, at Pennsylvania Avenue and York Road, will be the site of the annual Towson Arts Collective "Off the Mall" holiday arts gift sale, held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Community and political leaders were quick to call last weekend's violence outside the Recher Theatre an isolated event. But as new development draws more people into the Baltimore County's largest downtown area, many also want see more police and other resources directed toward the county seat.