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  1. 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 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Metro_Centre_at_Owings_Mills_Office_Building_Rising_at_Transit_Oriented_Development
  2. Baltimore County Health Officials Announce First West Nile Virus Case

    Health Experts Offer Prevention Tips

    The Baltimore County Department of Health is announcing its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year. The infected individual died on Monday, August 24, from causes not related to West Nile Virus.

    “West Nile Virus is an unfortunate, yet common disease that we expect to find in Marylanders this time of year," said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. "To reduce the risk of getting infected, I encourage residents to W.R.A.P. up."

    W.R.A.P. Up

    “W.R.A.P. Up” prevention measures are: 

    • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats, when concerned about mosquitoes.
    • Repair damaged window screens.
    • Avoid areas of high mosquito activity and unnecessary outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
    • Purchase and use an EPA-registered insect repellent according to package directions.

    WNV is a disease that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected animal. In humans, WNV generally causes either no symptoms or mild, flu-like illness, but it can also be fatal. Persons older than 60 have the greatest risk of developing severe disease. People with compromised immune systems also may be at high risk of WNV infection.

    Monitor Yards and Gardens

    Residents are urged to monitor their own yards and gardens for standing water that can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Small amounts of water in a discarded can or container will support dozens of mosquitoes. To eliminate mosquito-breeding areas: 

    • Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.
    • Empty or screen corrugated drain pipes.  
    • Remove old tires or drill drainage holes in tires used as playground equipment.
    • Turn over wading pools, wheelbarrows, wagons and carts when not in use. Flush water from the bottom of plant holders twice a week.
    • Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week.
    • Turn garbage can lids upside down and make sure trash receptacles are empty of water.
    • Fix dripping faucets.
    • Aerate ornamental pools and water gardens or stock with fish and use a circulating filter system.

    Spray Programs Offered

    In an effort to reduce the WNV-infected mosquito population, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will spray all communities within a one-mile radius of where the deceased person lived. MDA plans to post the affected communities at http://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/Pages/mosquito_control.aspx.

    Communities interested in the spray program should send an email to the Environmental Health Services Office at ehs@baltimorecountymd.gov. Please note that mosquito control services cannot be provided within a community that has not enrolled in the program.

    Information

    To learn more about WNV, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:22:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Baltimore_County_Health_Officials_Announce_First_West_Nile_Virus_Case
  3. Crime Drops by 7.2 Percent in 2014

    Some Categories Have Fallen to 1980s Levels

    The official statistics for 2014 show a 7.2 percent reduction in overall crime in Baltimore County, with a decline in almost every category of violent crime.

    Police Chief Jim Johnson, along with County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, announced this latest crime data at a press briefing this morning in Towson. (BCoPD releases crime statistics that have been certified as accurate under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. BCoPD uses the previous five-year average as a benchmark for comparison.)

    “Our police department has surpassed my expectations when it comes to crime reduction,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Some categories of crime have fallen to levels not seen since the 1980s.”

    Like overall crime, Part I Crime – which includes the most serious types of violent and property crime – decreased by 7.2 percent relative to the previous five-year average. All precincts saw a reduction in Part I Crime, with Essex experiencing the greatest decrease of 11.9 percent.

    Part I Violent Crime – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – fell by 6.1 percent overall. Most notably, an 11.3 percent decrease was recorded in cases of aggravated assault. Aggravated assaults are the most serious types of assaults, often involving a weapon and often a barometer of a community’s overall  safety.

    All precincts experienced a decrease in Part I Property Crime, with the total decline recorded at 7.4 percent. This includes a 15.8 percent decrease in burglaries and a 17.1 decrease in motor vehicle theft.

    Total crime – including total Part 1 and 2 Crime – also declined compared to the previous calendar year, 2013.

    A Strategic Approach

    Chief Johnson attributed the overall decline in crime largely to a strategic approach by Baltimore County Police that involves constant monitoring of crime trends and deciding how  best to allocate resources.

    “The other crucial factors,” Johnson said, “are the support of the County Executive in making sure resources are available and, of course, the talent and dedication of our detectives, patrol officers and community outreach officers.”

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:46:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Crime_Drops_by_72_percent_in_2014
  4. Active Aging is Healthy Aging

     Benefits of Exercise

    Research has proven that the more you exercise the better, and longer, your life will be. No matter what age you start your exercise program, you will benefit from the physical activity.

    Just moving for 30 to 60 minutes three to five times a week boosts your health by…

    •Lowering your stroke risk.

    Protecting against osteoporosis.

    Increasing your metabolic rate.

    Preventing, and even reducing, high blood pressure.

    Alleviating depression.

    Reducing your cancer risk.

    Lowering your blood sugar.

    Reducing your risk of falls.

    Get Ready!Get Set! Get Fit!

    An easy way to have some fun and get some exercise too is to register for Baltimore County Department of Aging’s (BCDA) ninth annual “Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run-Walk / 1 Mile Walk” on Sunday, September 20, 2015. This family-friendly event will be held at the CCBC Essex campus, conveniently located near I 95 and I 695 off of Rossville Boulevard. You can run or walk the 5-kilometer or 1-mile course at your own pace. Your wallet might get some exercise too if you win the “Fitness Pays” Grand Door Prize Drawing of $500, courtesy of Walgreens (must be present to win). Proceeds from the event support BCDA’s programs for seniors.

    Every moment spent exercising is time well spent. If you don’t know how to get started exercising, and you are over 60 years of age, the Baltimore County Department of Agingprovides wonderful opportunities to engage in fitness and wellness activities; explore the options.

    Information

    For more information on the "Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run-Walk/1 Mile Walk”or senior center fitness programming, call 410-887-2040 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/seniorcenters. To register for the Run-Walk, visit www.getreadygetsetgetfit5k.com.

    Donna Bilz, Program Specialist, Baltimore County Department of Aging

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:01:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Active_Aging_is_Healthy_Aging
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