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Planning Process to Update 2003 Revitalization Plan, Consider Possibilities for Enhancing this Busy Corridor

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Councilwoman Vicki Almond announced that the Baltimore County Department of Planning will undertake an 18-month comprehensive study of the Pikesville commercial corridor to develop recommendations for revitalizing this area of Baltimore County. County planners will assess existing conditions and trends in Pikesville and seek broad community input to help identify opportunities for positive change in the area from the City/County line to the Beltway.

“Having grown up in the area and representing it on the County Council for 16 years, I know this area well and recognize that people have a strong affinity with this historic town center,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I was actively involved in the 2003 revitalization plan, which helped create design guidelines to promote high-quality redevelopment, and the area could certainly benefit from some focused attention again.”

“I am excited about the potential for enhancing the Pikesville business district and look forward to collaborating with the planners and area residents and businesses to bring a fresh burst of energy to this popular destination,” said 2nd District Councilwoman Vicki Almond.

 “We are thrilled that the County is undertaking this review,” said Pikesville Chamber of Commerce President Mark Pressman, who also works as the Business Development and Strategy Director for the North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville. “This is a great example of businesses, community organizations and local government getting together to figure out what is best for the Pikesville community.”

About the Study

The three-phase project will begin with a thorough evaluation of the area including a review of demographics, zoning, pending and proposed development projects, transportation and parking, environmental issues, historic resources, housing, general real estate market conditions, businesses, public facilities and more. This initial background survey, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, will incorporate other relevant guidelines and designations including the status of recommendations in the 2003 Pikesville Revitalization Plan Update, Pikesville Commercial Revitalization Guidelines and Baltimore County Master Plan designations.

The second phase of the study will involve meetings with an extensive list of community stakeholders in the area including community groups, business owners, institutional and non-profit organizations and local and state government agencies. While there will be general community-wide input meetings, most will be with the individual groups of stakeholders to ensure a meaningful dialogue where information can be exchanged and discussed and all perspectives get a chance to be heard. The Department of Planning anticipates publishing draft/interim summaries to be available for public review by the spring of 2018.

 A final document will be generated containing the findings and prioritized recommendations for action that identifies which entity will have primary responsibility for implementing each recommendation. The target date for publishing this final study document is the summer of 2018. 


Klein Enterprises Purchase

When Klein Enterprises purchased a small vacant commercial building on Hooks Lane, it launched a positive chain of events that will bring new private investment, jobs and improved traffic flow to Pikesville.   

The building at 7 Hooks Lane will be demolished to clear the way for road improvements and access for a new office building to be constructed at Commerce Center. Klein Enterprises will convey the property to the County, providing the right of way needed to continue a second lane on Hooks Lane to Reisterstown Road.  

“With the developer stepping up, we can finally alleviate traffic back-ups along this stretch of Hooks Lane while saving the County over $350,000 in right of way costs,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This literally paves the way for a new office building at Commerce Center and clears concerns about future traffic congestion.”   

The proposed new Commerce Center office building will be a 40,000 square foot, two story expansion on top of an existing parking garage and infrastructure. The building features expansive windows for light-filled offices. 

Neighborhod Improvement

“Since Klein Enterprises acquired the Commerce Center in 2011, we have invested millions of dollars into the property,” said Daniel Klein, President of Klein Enterprises. “We hope to continue improving the neighborhood by working with the County to bring another Class A office building to the Pikesville business community and improving traffic along Hooks Lane.”

“This public-private partnership is a good economic development project for Pikesville, it adds to the tax base, helps retailers by bringing more workers to a new office building, and offers another ‘work where you live’ opportunity,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.  "As a side benefit, it will resolve a long-standing community complaint of traffic congestion that has been frequently raised since I was first elected to the County Council in 1994. I'm glad we are finally getting it done."

Once any appeals are resolved and final permits are issued to Klein Enterprises for construction of the new building, a resolution to convey the land to the County will be presented to the County Council and roadway construction can begin.


39 Locally Owned Businesses to be Recognized

Catonsville Main StreetThirty-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)

Best Advocate

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)

Young Entrepreneur 
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.


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016