Kamenetz Acts to Correct Serious Flooding in Commercial Area of Cockeysville
First Building Demolition Planned for This Sunday
Towson, Maryland (August 1, 2013) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that this Sunday morning at 7 a.m. County contractors will demolish a partially collapsed distillery in Cockeysville, as part of a County initiative to correct severe flooding that has repeatedly damaged businesses along a commercial stretch of York Road and Beaver Run Lane. The County purchased the property, located at 10919 York Road, for $453,663. In addition to razing the building, the County will regrade the property to mitigate the degradation of the Beaver Dam Run, a tributary that flows into the Loch Raven Reservoir which provides drinking water for Baltimore City and County.
For years, heavy rainstorms have caused significant flooding that repeatedly damaged several Cockeysville businesses. The full project, funded by a $4 million FEMA grant, will also include acquisition and demolition of additional commercial buildings, including business relocation to sites outside of the Cockeysville floodplain. The acquired properties will be preserved in perpetuity as passive open space, recreational or wetland areas.
"This is a positive example of how we can resolve a persistent problem through collaboration between County officials, local business owners and our state and federal emergency management agencies," said Kamenetz. "I also thank Third District Councilman Todd Huff for his leadership in facilitating this creative solution that involves no expenditure of County funds."
Permanent Win-Win Solution
"We are moving quickly to address this problem," said Councilman Huff. "The County finalized the purchase of the collapsed building just last Friday, and it is slated to come down this Sunday. It's a good day when you can offer a permanent win-win solution to help local businesses survive and thrive."