Baltimore County News
Small Watershed Action Plan Meeting on May 13
Baltimore County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) encourages people from communities within the Upper Patapsco River watershed to participate in an upcoming public meeting on the evening of Friday, May 13 to discuss ways to protect the Upper Patapsco River watershed. This watershed includes portions of Randallstown, Woodstock and Windsor Mill.
This is the first of two public meetings regarding the creation of the Upper Patapsco River Small Watershed Action Plan, or SWAP. It offers a chance for communities to get involved and learn about the history and project to date, and most importantly, provide suggestions about their vision and priorities for the watershed. The purpose of the SWAP is to collaboratively form a Vision Statement and Goals document with the public and identify goals and objectives to improve natural areas in the watershed.
Baltimore County stresses the importance of public participation in creating the Vision Statement for the SWAP. The SWAP process helps build on the philosophy that citizen involvement and feedback is critical when it comes to reaching environmental goals that benefit our communities in a well-rounded fashion.
The May 13 community meeting will take place at the Randallstown Community Center (3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
For more information on Baltimore County’s Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs), please visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/environment/watersheds/index.html
The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability is responsible for the protection of the environment and the improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Baltimore County. This is accomplished through programs that manage and enhance natural and man-made resources, and that provide environmental guidelines to our constituents.
Background of Small Watershed Action Plans in Maryland
In the late 1990s, national stormwater permits required major counties in Maryland to reduce pollution from roads and neighborhoods that drain to local streams. Counties began monitoring programs and prepared watershed plans to identify projects and programs that could reduce pollution from these non-point sources. Many projects were completed and reductions tallied in annual reports. Much progress was made, however additional reductions are needed to have clean water that meets water quality standards.
To reach these additional reductions, Baltimore County is developing Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs) to focus on communities as smaller groups and to identify specific solutions that are tailored to local areas. They are used by Baltimore County in conjunction with citizen groups to implement actions that create and maintain healthy watersheds.
Northwest Hospital’s new $5 million Liberty Center medical facility launches a multi-phase development plan that will expand the hospital’s Randallstown campus. Plans include additional buildings with an integrated design, landscaping and art features to unify and revitalize the campus. Liberty Center, with its prominent location at the intersection of Liberty and Old Court Roads, will serve as the gateway to the Northwest Hospital campus.
“As the corridor’s largest employer, Northwest Hospital is the institutional anchor of the Liberty Road communities. LifeBridge Health continues to make significant investments that bring jobs and contribute to the economic vitality of Randallstown and the entire County,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We are especially pleased that their commitment goes well beyond economic health. LifeBridge extends its medical mission to community partnerships and engagement that improve the quality of life for thousands of County residents each year.”
“The new Liberty Center is a shining example of Northwest Hospital’s ongoing redevelopment in Randallstown and our continued commitment to addressing the needs of the communities we serve,” said Brian White, president of Northwest Hospital and senior vice president of LifeBridge Health.
Liberty Center and ExpressCare
LifeBridge Health, the parent company of Northwest Hospital, invested more than $5 million to redevelop and expand the Liberty Center building, growing the available space from 8,000 to 13,800 square feet to accommodate new medical offices. An upgrade to the façade matches other facilities on the Northwest campus and the designs in the revitalization plan.
ExpressCare, a LifeBridge Health partner, will anchor the building on the first floor with a 4,600 square foot urgent care center. This ExpressCare location will open on February 29 with eight exam rooms offering patient care seven days a week with an on-site X-ray machine and laboratory for some basic tests. A pediatrician’s office will occupy the second floor of the building. Plans for the third floor are still in development.
More Investment Coming to Liberty Road Communities
Following the opening of the Liberty Center, the Northwest Hospital campus revitalization plans shift to facilities on Old Court Road, across the street from the hospital itself. These new and redeveloped buildings may include doctors’ offices and outpatient medical services along with potential office space for administrative departments. Plans and timelines for this next phase are still in development. The new projects complement improvements already underway inside the hospital itself, such as upgrades to the emergency department and the operating rooms.
“Northwest Hospital is taking a comprehensive approach to modernizing facilities to meet the needs of a changing health care system. The result will be more streamlined, convenient health and wellness services on a landscaped campus that revitalizes aging buildings and brings jobs to the Liberty Road communities,” added County Executive Kamenetz.
Bryan Dunn, Marketing Specialist, Department of Economic & Workforce Development
If you live in the Randallstown area, you often drive down Liberty Road to go to Home Depot or Walmart, take the kids to the Randallstown Community Center or perhaps have dinner at the new Ruby Tuesday or Colin’s restaurant. One thing you may have missed is the life-changing work happening at Baltimore County’s Liberty Center, a formerly vacant grocery store on Offutt and Liberty Roads.
The Liberty Center is where over 11,000 people went to change their lives last year, with resources for anyone looking to hone a personal brand and compete in today’s job market.
Free to the public, Liberty Center focuses on career paths, not merely placing jobs. Liberty Center is where Candy Kriegar learned how to leverage her experience as a small business owner to land an administrative position with Utility Line Corporation. It’s where Toyota Financial Services found Desitini Daniels, who went to Liberty Center to reboot her career after an employment contract ended. RG Steel worker Robert Goode got the career counseling he needed to get hired as a welder.
“We love what’s happening at Liberty. Connecting job seekers with these amazing employers, that’s what it’s all about,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
Since opening in 2011, there has been no shortage of success, just as there is no shortage of opportunity – all it takes is a visit, and a commitment to the future.
Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development, the Community College of Baltimore County and Social Services collaborate to deliver services and customized programs that get results. Utilizing the facility’s 2,500 student capacity, CCBC offers courses that train people for marketable jobs, while Workforce Development organizes onsite recruitments to help connect people with businesses that are hiring.
Liberty Center is one of three free career centers in Baltimore County, conveniently located in Randallstown, Hunt Valley and Eastpoint. A convenient Mobile Career Center brings job search resources to communities throughout Baltimore County. Stop in anytime and see how our career centers can change your life. You might just find your next job. And your next career.
Don’t miss out on CCBC Randallstown’s Community Open House at the Liberty Center.
Find out more about Career Training and Community Education programs at CCBC Randallstown April 18, 12:00-3:00 pm, 3637 Offutt Road, Randallstown, MD 2113. For more Open House information call 443-840-4700.
Revised April 6, 2016