County Prepared for Opening of Cinemark Towson and XD Theaters
Towson, Maryland (June 20, 2014) – Baltimore County is working to ensure that downtown Towson is ready for the new residents, workers and visitors anticipated with nearly $800 million of new investment in downtown Towson, including the opening of the new Cinemark Towson and XD theatres on July 10.
"Baltimore County is well prepared for the next big thing in downtown Towson – Cinemark's grand opening," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "Many County agencies have been engaged to address a range of issues in the entire downtown area, including parking, public safety, traffic patterns, sidewalks, lighting, crosswalks, signs and maps to help people navigate downtown Towson by car, bike, transit, or foot."
There is plenty of easy parking in downtown Towson, with more than 5,100 parking spaces, including the new 850 space Towson Square garage next to Cinemark. With Cinemark validation, movie patrons can park for $2 for four hours at the Towson Square or nearby Library-District Court garage. The Baltimore County Revenue Authority, which manages these and three other downtown Towson garages, is speeding up exit times with conveniently located pay-before-you leave pay stations.
Maintaining a Family-Friendly Atmosphere
"The County's number one priority is maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere in downtown Towson," said Kamenetz.
In preparation for the new residential and entertainment projects coming to Towson, Baltimore County has assigned five additional police officers to the Towson police precinct. All public lighting has been upgraded in the downtown area, making lights 50 percent brighter. Safer crosswalks and baffles have been installed on East Joppa Road between Towson Town Center and Towson Square to keep pedestrians safe and prevent jay walking.
"With Cinemark's opening at Towson Square, downtown Towson adds an exciting entertainment destination to its attractive mix of shopping, restaurants, luxury apartments and townhomes and offices," concluded Kamenetz.
More than 55,000 people live in Towson, with over 56,000 people working at companies including General Dynamics, Stanley Black and Decker, MileOne, Whiting Turner, GBMC, Sheppard Pratt, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson University, and Goucher College.