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$7.6 Million Station Was Built at No Taxpayer Expense
Today the Baltimore County Fire Department held an official dedication ceremony for the new Towson Fire Station Number 1, located at 204 Courtland Avenue.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John J. Hohman, along with community leaders and key project participants, were in attendance to commemorate this landmark achievement.
“It’s a great day for the people of Towson and all of Baltimore County as we officially dedicate this attractive, modern fire station,” said Kamenetz. “The best part is, this new station was built at no expense to taxpayers, as a result of the sale of the old station at York and Bosley.”
This $7.6 million facility is 19,700 square feet and equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to improve energy usage and better serve the community. The entire cost of the new building was covered by the sale of the County property at York Road and Bosley Avenue that formerly housed Station 1.
The building has been awarded the prestigious LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for meeting strict environmental standards in construction and functionality.
Highlights of the “green” construction include low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water consumption by up to 56 percent, mechanical systems estimated to reduce energy costs by 21 percent, and vegetation trays on the roof to reduce the cooling load and heat island effect.
In addition to these design innovations, Baltimore County focused on environmentally conscious sourcing of building materials. Around 24 percent of the materials used were extracted or manufactured within 500 miles and all the wood products in the building are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
The opening of this new facility is the latest chapter in the Towson station’s long history, which dates back to the beginnings of the Baltimore County Fire Department. The first Station 1 (1879 to 1955) was located at the intersection of Joppa, Dulaney Valley, and York Roads and the second (1955 to 2015) was located at York Road and Bosley Avenue.
Features Santa, Towson U. Marching Band, Holiday Musical Performers
Baltimore County's Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place next Friday, November 20, at 6 p.m.
It will be held in the downtown Towson shopping district at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. This year’s festivities will include a holiday performance by the 250-member Towson University Marching Band, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck, free hot chocolate and pastries, and holiday musical performances.
Musical performers include the Perry Hall Middle School Choir and the Anna Apicella School of Dance.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will preside over the official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree at approximately 6:20 p.m.
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host a Santa's Workshop featuring free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as holiday musical performances. Santa's Workshop is located across York Road from Olympian Park at 1 E. Joppa Road (next to Barnes and Noble). Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa
Temporary Road Closure and Free Parking
To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle from 4 until approximately 8:30 p.m., that evening.
Mid-Atlantic Properties will offer free parking from 5 to 9 p.m., at 111 Allegheny Avenue.
Thank You to Event Sponsors
The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Trends, the Baltimore Sun Media Group and Towson Circle. Refreshments are being provided by the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North, La Cakerie and Cunningham’s Kitchen.
A Season of Celebrations in Towson
The Christmas tree lighting event kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s WinterFest 2015 – a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new developments around the Towson community. Members of the community are encouraged to come down and get acquainted with the talking reindeer Beau and Tinsel, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have breakfast with Frosty and the Grinch, create holiday gifts in Santa’s Workshop, and participate in many other festive activities!
For more information about this event and Towson Winterfest, a month-long series of holiday events, contact the Towson Chamber of Commerce online or call them at 410-825-1144.
Award-winning Baltimore restaurant Nacho Mama’s plans to open a second location in downtown Towson. The 6,700 square foot Tex-Mex restaurant will be located at York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue and will feature casual seating, outdoor tables, a welcoming bar and private dining space.
“Baltimore County welcomes Nacho Mama’s to Towson with a big ‘Hola, Hon.’ Nacho Mama’s mixes Tex-Mex fun with the King of Rock and Roll and turns it into a uniquely Baltimore restaurant,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “It’s great to have a local Canton favorite adding to downtown Towson’s mix of restaurants, shops and entertainment.”
Second Location for Popular Canton Restaurant
“Opening a second location is an exciting part of our story and in true Nacho Mama’s fashion, we will continue to celebrate Baltimore’s cheeky culture,” said Jackie McCusker, restaurateur and owner, Nacho Mama's. “It has always been our dream to put a Nacho Mama’s into a county location and we are thrilled it’s going to be in Towson.”
“We pride ourselves on large portions of great food, using fresh ingredients,” said Phil Gelso, restaurateur and owner, Nacho Mama's. “Folks will be able to enjoy all of the favorites they’ve grown to love on our Canton menu along with daily specials. It’s going to be an exciting opening and Jackie and I can’t wait to show you our new space.”
Pending a liquor license transfer hearing and kitchen and building renovations, Nacho Mama’s plans to open its Towson restaurant in 2016.
Adds to $1 Billion in New Downtown Towson Investment
Downtown Towson has seen more than $1 billion in recent private investment, including over 2,700 new apartments and town homes built or in development; Towson Row, a mixed-use development featuring offices, apartments, a hotel, and Whole Foods Market; the Towson Square entertainment center anchored by Cinemark Theatres; and the Towson City Center office tower with companies employing over 600 people in the heart of downtown Towson.