Baltimore County Now
County to Purchase Radebaugh Property in Towson
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County will acquire 2.5 acres to be used for passive parkland in Towson.
Baltimore County announced plans to purchase property owned by CM and JL Radebaugh Company, LLLP in conjunction with the Radebaugh Florist Shop at 120 E. Burke Avenue.
The property located off of Aigburth Avenue across from 120 E. Burke Avenue is currently used for warehouse and greenhouse space for the flower shop that will remain in operation. The County is purchasing the property with local Program Open Space funds for $1.1 million, a price determined by two independent appraisals. The property is zoned for residential development, and this purchase prevents the development of this area.
In April, Kamenetz announced a $4.2 million project to expand the Courthouse Gardens to Patriot Plaza between the Historic Courthouse and the Towson Courts building. The Patriot Plaza project will involve removing the existing fountain and concrete pavers, adding green space and a park setting. The 40-year old fountain was shut down last year after persistent leaking into county office space that is sited underneath the fountain.
“I am very pleased to be able to add more passive open space in Towson,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Adding this space to the recently announced expansion of the Courthouse Gardens provides residents with two very nice areas to enjoy with family and friends right in the heart of Towson, and represents an investment of over $5 million for new parks in downtown Towson.”
“This is great news for the community,” said 5th District Councilman David Marks. “I want to thank County Executive Kamenetz and his staff for working so hard to complete this transaction, which will add open space in a densely-populated part of Greater Towson.”
The contract of sale is scheduled to go before the County Council at its legislative session on August 3.
Andrea Van Arsdale, Director
Baltimore County Department of Planning
Have you ever ventured out past the Beltway and begun to notice office buildings, retail centers, and residential communities giving way to agricultural fields, pastures, and wooded stream valleys? These areas are not just beautiful scenery and they didn’t stay green by accident. The open fields and forested areas protect the tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay, shield the waterways from suburban runoff, and provide habitat for wildlife pressured by development.
You may wonder, how have these areas have managed to remain rural? Since 1967, Baltimore County has been protecting its agricultural and environmental resources through responsible and sustainable land use policies and regulations. As a result, we have a legacy of sustainable growth and remain a national leader in this movement.
Last year, the Maryland legislature passed Senate Bill 236, introducing similar land use strategies statewide. SB236 calls for all jurisdictions to classify their land according to four distinct growth tiers that define levels of residential development. Under the direction of County Executive Kamenetz, the Planning Department solicited input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Building upon that information and following the implementation guidelines from the State, the Planning Department established and mapped our four growth tiers. Within the County’s rural areas, the growth tiers set the number of houses served by individual septic systems. This serves to further prevent suburban sprawl and to encourage investment in the County’s established neighborhoods and older Beltway communities – the essence of smart growth.
Baltimore County’s Growth Tiers received highly favorable recognition from the Maryland Department of Planning and 1000 Friends of Maryland. We were proud to be one of the first in the state to submit our growth tiers map, especially since it was approved with no changes by the state. The County’s strong land use policies and regulations will help ensure the preservation of our agricultural heritage and the future health of the Chesapeake Bay.