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North of I-695 and the Route 40 Interchange
A sanitary sewer overflow estimated at 20,000 gallons was reported by Baltimore County contractors to the Department of Public Works today at approximately 11:30 a.m., in a wooded area 1100 feet north of I-695 and the Route 40 Interchange.
The overflow was apparently undetected for an unspecified time due to its location in an unoccupied area off Winters Lane. An eight-inch diameter sewer pipe was discharging into a nearby storm water retention pond which drains into a tributary of Dead Run.
Utility crews were dispatched and immediately worked to locate and to remove the cause of the overflow – a blockage to the sanitary line. They pumped the pond to contain the flow and to prevent it from entering the stream. The blockage was removed and the flow was halted at 6:25 p.m.
Health Department to Monitor Water Quality
The Baltimore County Department of Health will monitor water quality at the sites and issue water contact advisories if necessary.
Advances County’s 10-Year Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness
Men caught in the cycle of homelessness will be much better able to work toward self-sufficiency thanks to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s investment in a new $3.4 million shelter for homeless men on the campus of Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville.
“The reality is, the homeless among us are not simply strangers down on their luck—they are somebody’s father, somebody’s sister, somebody’s child,” Kamenetz said. “The opening of this new site for the Westside Men’s Shelter represents a significant step forward in our 10-year Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness.”
Kamenetz and nearly a hundred homeless service providers, advocates and clients celebrated the grand opening of the modern 154-bed, 15,000 square-foot building, which replaces an outdated facility and incorporates functional amenities to better help residents receive the services they need and work toward independent living. The facility is operated and staffed by the nonprofit Community Assistance Network.
About the New Westside Shelter
The new shelter is designed to address barriers to independent living that homeless men may encounter. It includes:
- a resource and conference room with computer stations to allow residents to search for employment and housing, as well as space to hold workshops and classes
- a large fenced and gated garden area in the back of the shelter in which staff and residents will plant and grow their own fruit and vegetables
- a social room with new furniture, bookcases, and a television
- a commercial kitchen with new appliances and a spacious dining room
- a sizeable laundry room
- and, an exam room to be used by Health Care for the Homeless and the Department of Health and Human Services, so that residents can get important health services on-site.
The shelter, designed by Rubeling and Associates and built by North Point Builders, incorporates many “green” features, qualifying it for LEED SILVER certification.
County to Break Ground this Fall on a New Shelter for Women and Families
In addition to this new shelter for men, the County plans to build a new $25 million, 80,000 square-foot Eastern Family Resource Center in Rosedale that will include:
- an enhanced shelter for women and families serving up to 250 people
- a transitional shelter program for women and families with a capacity of up to 38 people
- and, a new shelter for men with a capacity of up to 50 people.
The building, slated for completion in March of 2017, will house various Health Department functions that support shelter residents, and will also include expanded space for Health Care for the Homeless.
Homelessness in Baltimore County
In 2014, Baltimore County received more than 6,600 requests for shelter, representing more than 3,100 individual households. On any given night, more than 745 men, women and children are housed in homeless shelters or living on the streets and in encampments throughout Baltimore County.
“A Home for All,” Baltimore County’s 10-year Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness in our communities, was created with input from a diverse group of more than 60 local and regional stakeholders from both public and private sectors. It includes seven key strategies that have proven to be effective in reducing homelessness.
The plan focuses on systemic changes, preventing homelessness where possible, and rapidly rehousing people in shelters and permanent and supportive housing. The plan uses relevant data and better leverages existing resources to move people toward independence.
County to Create Community Sports Fields at Former Shelter Site
The site of the former homeless shelter will be transformed into a $1.3 million recreational site featuring an artificial turf field, lights and open space for the Catonsville community on the grounds of Spring Grove Hospital Center. Construction on these sports fields is slated to begin next spring and be completed by the Fall of 2016.
“This modern new facility is an important step forward in the County’s comprehensive plan to address homelessness by targeting its root causes,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk. “In the Catonsville community, we also eagerly await the new recreation fields that will be created on the site of the former shelter.”
39 Locally Owned Businesses to be Recognized
Thirty-nine locally owned businesses will be recognized for their contributions to the well-being of Baltimore County’s traditional commercial districts.
“Our local business districts and their retail entrepreneurs add to the quality of life we enjoy. These unique shops, restaurants and services are central to the communities they serve,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The Baltimore County Department of Planning invited chambers of commerce and business associations to nominate outstanding individuals, institutions and locally owned businesses that have made an impact in economic vitality, design, promotion, sustainability and leadership.
The following nominees will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony June 3 at the UMBC University Center Ballroom.
Best Neighborhood Service/Retailer/Restaurant
Calico Cat (Security/Woodlawn)
EarthTouch Healing Arts (Dundalk)
Caton Auto Clinic (Catonsville)
State Farm (Liberty Road)
Colin’s Seafood & Grill (Liberty Road)
Dunkin’ Donuts (Liberty Road)
Herb & Soul (Loch Raven)
Gourmet Again (Pikesville)
The Grill at Harryman House (Reisterstown)
Best New Construction using Architect on Call and/or Business Improvement Loan
Ristorante Firenze (Reisterstown)
Best Small-Scale Façade Improvement
Dugan’s Liquors (Pikesville)
Main Street Grill (Reisterstown)
Fractured Prune (Towson)
Bob Davidson Ford (Loch Raven)
Outstanding Community Event
Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival (Catonsville)
Dundalk Heritage Fair (Dundalk)
Concerts in the Park (Dundalk)
Holiday Event and National Night Out (Liberty Road)
Overlea Community Tree Lighting (Overlea)
Spring Concert Series (Parkville)
Best Marketing Campaign
Ristorante Firenze (Reisterstown)
Towson Tipster App (Towson)
Shop the ‘Ville (Catonsville)
Member Spotlight Mondays (Parkville)
Best Business/Organization Website
Liberty Road Community Calendar (Liberty Road)
Parkville Carney Business Association (Parkville)
The Grill at Harryman House (Reisterstown)
Best Clean-up or Greening Project
Paradise Community Association (Catonsville)
Randallstown Gateway Park (Liberty Road)
Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (Dundalk)
Coldwell Banker (Catonsville)
Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Department (Liberty Road)
Jason Plotkin, President Parkville Carney Business Association (Parkville)
Carin Smith, Reisterstown Improvement Association (Reisterstown)
Best Community Institution
The Children’s Home (Catonsville)
Dundalk Chamber of Commerce (Dundalk)
Northwest Hospital (Liberty Road)
Erin Travis, Trails & Tails Pet Care (Catonsville)
Tim Bojanowski, Zest Social Media (Towson)
“Keeping our older commercial areas strong is a priority for Baltimore County. The Commercial Revitalization Program offers tools to support small businesses in 17 older commercial areas throughout the County,” said Andrea Van Arsdale, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Planning. "We encourage businesses and commercial property owners to work with our revitalization representatives to access district tax credits, architectural design services to improve the exterior of buildings, loans to help implement improvements and other technical assistance.”
More information about the Baltimore County Commercial Revitalization Program is available on line or by calling 410-887-3480.