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At Radebaugh's, We are Always Growing
A Press Release from Radebaugh's Florist... Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses has operated as a family business at its current location at 120 Burke Avenue in Towson for four generations over the last 90 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Over the past several years, we have made numerous changes to enhance our business as well as to provide our customers with a better overall sales experience. These changes include building a new state-of-the-art greenhouse at our wholesale farm in Northern Baltimore County, interior renovations to our floral shop, expanded merchandise lines and enhanced accessibility in our retail greenhouses. All of these changes are all part of our vision and plan to carry us into the next generation.
The surrounding communities and our loyal customers are familiar with our retail floral shop and greenhouses located on Burke Avenue. What many may not know, however, is that the Radebaugh Family operates wholesale greenhouses and a Design & Delivery Center on family-owned property located at the end of Aigburth Avenue. These greenhouses have been in operation since the 1940’s. While they hold a good bit of nostalgia for the family and our employees, they are certainly not the most energy efficient and require a great deal of maintenance. We have struggled for the past few years about what do to with the old greenhouses on that property. There was talk of residential development, but when Baltimore County began a search for open space, it seemed like it may be a better fit. An introduction of a new park at this location seems like a wonderful idea for the community that has supported our family and our business for decades.
As you may have read in the County’s press release and in various news articles, we are currently in the early stages of negotiations with the County; however we want to make it clear that any potential sale of the portion of the property located at the end of Aigburth Avenue will in no way affect any of our daily operations. In fact, the potential sale will help us facilitate our growth and further renovations in the near future.
The Radebaugh family has strong ties within the Baltimore community, especially in Towson, and we are here to stay. We look forward to seeing you in the greenhouses, filling your landscaping order, making your holiday tables complete with a gorgeous centerpiece, discussing your wedding flowers, brightening up your office entry, sending the perfect gift basket to a client, and celebrating our 100 year anniversary with you in 2024.
Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouse, where “Only Nature Has More Experience” ®
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.
Public Input to Enhance Small Watershed Action Plan
Baltimore County EPS invites participation from communities within urban areas of the Lower Gunpowder River watershed at an upcoming public meeting on Tuesday, June 16. The urban portions of the Lower Gunpowder River watershed include parts of Perry Hall, Carney, and Towson neighborhoods.
This is the first of two public meetings regarding the creation of the Lower Gunpowder River Small Watershed Action Plan, or SWAP. The June 16 community meeting will take place at the Perry Hall Middle School Auditorium (4300 Ebenezer Road, Baltimore, MD 21236) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. It is free and open to the public
This public meeting 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 and identify goals and objectives to improve natural areas in the watershed. There will be a survey to capture priorities and interactive mapping displays to record areas of concern.
Baltimore County stresses the importance of public participation in creating the Vision Statement for the SWAP. “We’re very excited to see such great public involvement in these projects,” said Director of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Vince Gardina. “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 more well-rounded fashion.”
For more information on Baltimore County’s Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs), please visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/environment/watersheds/swap.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 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.