State Designates Three Sustainable Communities in Baltimore County
Catonsville/Patapsco, Greater Dundalk and Hillendale/Parkville/Overlea now qualified to apply for State funds
Towson, Maryland (July 1, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Maryland Department of Planning have designated three Baltimore County areas as sustainable community areas. Catonsville/Patapsco, Greater Dundalk, and Hillendale/Parkville/Overlea are now qualified to apply for state funds for projects leading to increased economic, transportation and housing choices, and environmental improvements.
"We are pleased that the state has recognized the tremendous potential in each of these communities," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "The County's Department of Planning has worked with each community to help identify unique opportunities for enhancing the health, housing, small business climate and quality of life in these traditional areas."
Baltimore County identified these communities as areas in need of revitalization and developed a comprehensive strategy to encourage and guide local investment. Each of the newly named sustainable communities will now refine these strategies and submit applications to the state requesting funding for specific projects.
The County plans to augment the significant historic and natural resources in the Catonsville/Patapsco Sustainable Community. The community has a traditional main street along Frederick Road with opportunities for revitalization and small business enhancement. Baltimore County will also work to complete designation of Patapsco Valley as a Maryland Certified Heritage Area and enhance the bike and pedestrian network, including completion of the Short Line Rail-to-Trail system to connect residences to surrounding parks. For natural resources protection, the community will reduce trash in waterways and tributaries of Patapsco River and create or enhance riparian buffers. Housing strategies include targeting investment, encouraging home ownership, and historic property rehabilitation.
Baltimore County has renewed its previous Sustainable Communities designation in the Greater Dundalk area, leveraging its strengths as a community with a rich history and many natural areas. Because it included War of 1812 sites, Battle Acre Park and North Point State Battlefield, the County plans to enhance opportunities for heritage tourism, in conjunction with Maryland Main Street events. The community will continue housing rehabilitation efforts through a partnership with the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and plans to link the existing waterfront parks with a Turner Station Health Path.
Committed to enhancing the area's competitiveness, the County will revitalize three commercial corridors – Taylor Ave, Harford Road and Belair Road – and develop mixed-use projects on underutilized properties. As part of its strategy to become more sustainable, the Hillendale/Parkville/Overlea community plans to improve residential areas through the adoption of rehabilitation standards and greening practices. Along with its many existing recreational fields and parks, the community seeks to increase the urban tree canopy in partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools, BGE and Blue Water Baltimore.