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  1. Kamenetz issues statement on passing of Governor Marvin Mandel

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement this afternoon on the passing of former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel:

    “The State of Maryland lost a true gentleman yesterday with the passing of Governor Marvin Mandel. Like so many others, I was honored to call him both a friend and mentor. During his time as Governor, he reshaped government in Maryland as we had come to know it. Many of his reforms are still evident today. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Mandel family.”

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:04:00 GMT
  2. Baltimore County Offices Closed for Labor Day

    Offices and Facilities Closed; No Trash and Recycling Collections

    Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, September 7 in recognition of the Labor Day holiday.  Health department clinics, the Animal Services Shelter, libraries, senior centers and trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. CountyRide vans will not operate. 

    No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on Labor Day; Drop-Off Centers Closed

    Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, September 7 should set these materials out on Monday night for collection on Tuesday, September 8.  Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, September 7 are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, September 14).

    Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Labor Day.  If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.

    Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed on Monday, September 7.  Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 5.  County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

    For more information, residents should visit the County’s web site at or call 410-887-2000.

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:06:00 GMT
  3. Make this Labor Day a Labor of Love: Adopt a Shelter Pet!

    Half-Price Adoption Fees Through Sept. 12!

    This Labor Day, Baltimore County is encouraging residents to celebrate by performing a labor of love — adopting a new dog or cat from the Baltimore County Animal Shelter. Adoption fees will be reduced by 50 percent from September 1 to 12, which means residents pay just $25 to adopt a dog and $20 to adopt a cat.

    The reduced fee includes a pet that has:

    • been spayed or neutered
    • had a complete veterinary exam
    • its first set of vaccinations
    • been micro-chipped with a lifetime registration
    • a Baltimore County license (an annual license is required for dogs and cats)


    “People have been quite responsive to these holiday adoption discount programs, so we are offering discounted adoption fees before and after Labor Day weekend,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “It’s a great deal and a wonderful opportunity to bring some positive energy into your home.”

    New Shelter Hours

    Starting September 1, those who wish to pick out an “unFURgettable friend” may visit the shelter during its new adoption hours. Shelter adoption hours will be from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Residents can pay their adoption fee with cash, check or credit card. Please note that lost pets can be redeemed seven days a week.

    “This Labor Day, opening your heart and home to a new pet offers a wide range of health benefits at half the cost,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “Not only can it help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and loneliness, owning a pet can also increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.”

    View a complete listing of all of the wonderful animals at Baltimore County Animal Shelter. You can also call 410-887-PAWS for more information on a specific pet or the adoption process.

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:49:00 GMT
  4. Metro Centre at Owings Mills Office Building Rising at Transit-Oriented Development

    Mixed-Use Town Center Surrounds Subway Station 

    Construction is underway on a new four-story, 200,000 square foot office and retail building at Metro Centre at Owings Mills, Baltimore County’s first transit-oriented development.

    The new building, which is expected to be completed in summer 2016, is part of the seven million square foot mixed-use development surrounding the Owings Mills Metro subway station.

    “Public transportation matters. A transit-oriented town center next to the Metro, Interstate 795 and 695 offers incredible access and amenities for a company’s employees and customers,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “The Owings Mills business community, headlined by T. Rowe Price, CareFirst, Toyota Financial Services, Edaptive Systems, Baltimore Life and Zurich America, is an ideal location for medical, finance, insurance and technology companies. Metro Centre’s office space will attract interest from companies throughout Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and the region.”

    Commercial Office and Retail Building

    The new commercial office and retail building fronts on Grand Central Avenue and is directly connected on two floors to the Owings Mills metro station and a nine-story parking garage that accommodates 3,000 vehicles. Street-level retail space is available, with office space on floors two through four. A second parking garage with over 2,000 spaces was recently completed adjacent to the building.

     “Increasingly, businesses are making real estate decisions based on the availability of public transportation. Transit-oriented development meets today’s real estate demands of one location with residential apartments, retail and office space all in a work, live, play environment.,” said Howard Brown, Chairman of David S. Brown Enterprises, Ltd., site manager for the project. 

    County Campus Building, Offices, Apartments, Shops, Hotel  

    Metro Centre at Owings Mills currently consists of two five-story retail and residential buildings, with retail space on the ground floor and 232 market-rate apartment homes on the upper four floors. The County Campus building includes the largest branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and a Community College of Baltimore County center. Two parking garages can accommodate 5,000 vehicles.  

    When completed, the seven million square foot Metro Centre at Owings Mills will include more than 1.2 million square feet of Class A office space; 300,000 square feet of complementary retail and restaurant space; 1,700 residential units; the 120,000 square foot County Campus building, and a boutique, full-service hotel with conference and special event facilities. 

    More than 140,000 vehicles pass Metro Centre each day from Interstate 795 and 5,000 commuters board the Owings Mills Metro stop each workday. More than 30,000 consumers visit the library and community college building per month. The downtown business district and Baltimore City amenities such as M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are a 20 minute subway ride from Metro Centre.     

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:40:00 GMT
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