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Engineers Will Discuss Upcoming Storm Drains Project

Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works will discuss local drainage improvements to Barton Oaks Road, Overbrook Road, Crossland Road and Fairway Road in the Dumbarton area as well as rehabilitation of existing culverts running beneath Barton Oaks Road, Overbrook Road, and Fairway Road (all near the Suburban Club of Baltimore County).

To keep residents of this historic neighborhood abreast of design and construction discussions, County Engineers will hold a workshop on Wednesday, August 16 between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

During the meeting, residents will have an opportunity to discuss the project’s impact with engineers in an informal setting. For more information, contact James Ekeh, Project Engineer, or Sheldon Epstein, Section Chief, Bureau of Engineering at 410 887-3711.

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.

Revised September 26, 2016