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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.
Construction to Begin the First Week of June
Baltimore County will close the east-bound lane of Towsontown Boulevard between Bosley Avenue and York Road beginning the first week of June to accommodate utility construction.
The lane will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The daytime closure will continue approximately one month and will allow crews to work during the day rather than at night. It is designed to lessen the noise impact on local residents.