Baltimore County News
Project to widen roadway and add sidewalks
The Department of Public Works plans major improvements to Windsor Mill Road between Woodlawn Drive and Featherbed Lane to address decades-old pedestrian safety and traffic issues. If adjacent property-owners support the proposed changes, approximately a half-mile of Windsor Mill Road will be widened and sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the road in the next several years.
“We are poised for progress to greatly improve traffic and safety on this busy section of Windsor Mill Road, providing safe walkways for students and other people walking in the community,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The proposed work will include widening the roadway from 22 feet to 36 feet and installing curbs, gutters and other necessary drainage improvements. The project is currently in the design phase, and tangible improvements are not anticipated for several years, pending a consensus of adjacent property owners. At that point, the County will negotiate right-of-way agreements with property owners, relocate utility poles and begin construction. Windsor Mill Road is currently funded only for design, and the project’s progress will hinge on local support. This is a capital project and there is no cost to the property owners.
"I am very excited to see this project move forward. The installation of sidewalks will significantly improve the safety of everyone who travels on Windsor Mill Road, both pedestrians and drivers," said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones.
Public meeting set for September 14
To gauge community interest and support, the Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, September 14 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Woodlawn Community Center, 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, 21207.
For more information, people may contact Rahee Famili or Angelica Daniel, Highway Design Division, Department of Public Works, at 410 887-3739 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Action protects park from threat of future development
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz approved an agreement that will place preservation protections on 450 acres of the County's Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley. The popular and scenic 1,100 acre park, a portion first acquired by the County in 1969, provides recreational and social activities, including nature education, winter sports, summer concerts, theater, children's playgrounds, as well as a venue for festivals, gatherings and meetings year-round.
Working in close cooperation with Charles Fenwick, Jr. and Michael Hankin on behalf of the Land Preservation Trust, Baltimore County agreed to place land restrictions that will preserve almost 90% of the total acreage to ensure the park cannot be commercially or residentially developed.
"While there are no plans from the current administration to develop the site, our actions today will ensure that future generations of County residents will be able to enjoy the bucolic charm of Oregon Ridge Park," said Kamenetz. "I am grateful for the guidance of the Land Preservation Trust, a nationally recognized leader of the County's preservation efforts.”
Baltimore County has aggressively promoted land preservation for decades, including placement of two-thirds of the County's geography in a rural zone, such that 80% of the County's population live on 30% of the land mass. Baltimore County is comprised of 610 square miles, with a population exceeding 823,000. Across all of its preservation programs, Baltimore County has preserved more than 63,000 acres of land from future development, ranking it in the top 10 counties nationally.
“The Land Preservation Trust and the surrounding community have long sought to protect Oregon Ridge Park from future development potential,” said Charles Fenwick, Jr. “We appreciate that County Executive Kamenetz recognized how important Oregon Ridge is as a gateway to the valleys, and has agreed to protections that are tremendous and meaningful,” he said.
Kamenetz will direct that restrictive covenants be recorded with the Land Records of Baltimore County to provide the legal protections in perpetuity. Approximately 330,000 people visit Oregon Ridge Park and Nature Center annually.
Participating Restaurants to Offer Specials August 5 to 20, Ranging from $15 to $35
At the Manor Tavern in Monkton, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the 12th Baltimore County Restaurant Week to begin on Friday, August 5. At the kick-off, Kamenetz was joined by promotion partners Keith Scott, president and CEO of Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and Todd Collins from RestaurantReputations.com. Sixty-eight Baltimore County restaurants have joined the summer promotion.
The participating restaurants from across the County will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch and dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35.
“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week – it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”
“Baltimore County’s restaurants provide not only enjoyment for its patrons, but employment to 26,358 workers in its 1,586 establishments,” said Scott. “The restaurant industry is big business in Baltimore County, bringing in $1.5 billion in sales yearly.”
For a list of all participating restaurants, menus, and reservations visit www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com.
Other partners for the promotion include the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, Downtown Diane, The Restaurant Association of Maryland, CohnReznick LLC, and CITYpeek.
Revised April 6, 2016