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LA Fitness Fronda Cohen
Baltimore County Communications Office

When you think of the West Coast, you think of sunshine, light, and a lot of well-exercised, healthy people. Soon, LA Fitness will bring a touch of the West Coast to downtown Towson with a two-level health and fitness center at Towson Commons. From the building’s rotunda entrance at York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, guests will be able to see the LA Fitness space, with views to an indoor lap pool and a stair case with glass rails. Light will fill the upstairs space with new windows, opening up what is now a blank wall facing York Road. 
“It’s truly Towson’s Time. We are thrilled that LA Fitness is bringing new energy back to Towson Commons,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This is a great location in the heart of downtown Towson, convenient for workers, students and residents.”

LA Fitness will dramatically transform space that once housed out-of-date movie theatres. The center will feature basketball and racquet ball courts, a spin area with stadium levels, an indoor heated lap pool, whirlpool spa and saunas, personal trainers, and Kids Klub babysitting. Group fitness classes will include yoga, cycling, mat pilates, kickbox cardio, and aqua aerobics.

LA Fitness adds to the growing private investment in downtown Towson. Highlights include the $85 million Towson Square entertainment center, anchored by a 15-screen Cinemark movie theatre and eight restaurants, which began construction in early 2013. More than 1,500 new luxury apartments have been built in downtown Towson over the past four years. The 12-story Towson City Center building at the Towson traffic circle is fully leased and has brought new jobs to the center of downtown with corporate headquarters for MileOne, Remedi Senior Care, and Towson University’s Institute for Well-Being.

Now that’s momentum to rival any West Coast town.

graphic portait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. BaltimoreCountyExecutive Kevin Kamenetz

I thoroughly enjoyed spending time this morning with an enthusiastic audience at our 8th Annual Baltimore County Content of Character Awards, held at Mt. Calvary AME Church in Towson.  I felt truly honored and humbled to present the keynote speech commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring the life and legacy of a man who changed this country forever. I had the opportunity to highlight four County residents who personify Dr. King’s principles by taking action in their communities every day to effect positive change.

These individuals know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind a blueprint for change through his words and by his actions. They fully understand what Dr. King was saying when he told us, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Western School of Technology senior, Radhika Patel, volunteers her time tutoring, taking environmental action, interning at the University of Maryland Medical Center and teaching religion.

Jacob Badin, a senior at Western School of Technology, has accrued over 1,100 volunteer hours since middle school. He is involved in student government, the Future Educators of America, his school’s open houses, the Owings Mills Recreation and Parks summer camp, and numerous charities. 

Dr. Marlene Mahipat, a chiropractor with a thriving practice, founded two non-profit organizations - Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE), which serves disadvantaged families, children; and People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization (PLEASE), which helps low-income people who might otherwise surrender their pets. 

Rashad Holloway, through his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, feeds the homeless by serving at soup kitchens, fights homelessness and cancer by participating in walk-a-thons, conducts domestic violence workshops, and help high school seniors by earn scholarships.

These outstanding Baltimore County community members’ “content of character” leads them to follow Dr. King’s example in working to improve the lives of others every day.

rendering f Towson SquareCounty Executive Kevin Kamenetz

‘Dinner and a movie’ will soon have a whole new meaning in downtown Towson.  I was excited to announce that three restaurants – all new to Baltimore County – are the first of eight best-in-class restaurants joining Cinemark Theatres in the new Towson Square entertainment center coming to downtown Towson.  Towson Square is an expansion of the successful Towson Circle development which features Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe’s and Pier 1 Imports.

La Tagliatella, with restaurants throughout Europe, features generous portions of northern Italian cuisine. Towson will be one of their first U.S. restaurants. Nando’s Peri-Peri, a South African-owned restaurant with locations in 34 countries on five continents, specializes in Portuguese flame-grilled chicken. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is known for its mesquite-grilled cuisine and lively outdoor patio.

Cinemark Theatres also is bringing their new VIP-level seating concept to Towson, featuring full bar service and premium food choices for over-21 movie patrons.  There will be a total of 15 state-of-the-art screens with 3,400 stadium-style seats, bringing the latest films and theatre experiences to downtown Towson.

We expect Towson Square to draw people from throughout the Baltimore area, so we’re getting ready right now. Construction is underway on a new 650-space underground parking garage to be operated by the Baltimore County Revenue Authority.  The movie theatres and restaurants will be open in 2014. 

Stay tuned – there’s more coming soon to a downtown near you.  

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