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Date: Nov 2017

County Executive Says Visits to Cultural Institutions are an Important Part of a Student’s Education

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement today regarding Carroll County’s decision to cancel student field trips to Baltimore City:

Carroll County’s decision to cancel all field trips to Baltimore City is a disservice to its students, Baltimore’s cultural and arts institutions, and to the citizens of the City of Baltimore.  This is a very challenging time for our region, when neighbors need to support each other.  I am proud that Baltimore County public school students visited these institutions 172,000 times last year and continue to benefit each year from the educational enrichment offered by Baltimore’s venerable cultural and arts institutions.  These visits continue to take place without incident.  As Plato observed, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

Traffic Circle at Tufton, Greenspring and Worthington Avenues is Easing Congestion

Baltimore County’s horse country has a new traffic roundabout at the intersection of Tufton, Greenspring and Worthington Avenues. Two years in the planning, the traffic improvement is already easing a well-known choke point and making life at rush hour a little easier for thousands of drivers. Construction of the $1.1 million roundabout began in July and includes two splitter islands, which funnel traffic through the roundabout.

“Worthington Valley’s new roundabout is a great example of public-private cooperation,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “The County and State were joined by the Valleys Planning Council who provided financial support, and by local landowners, including St. John Properties, and Kevin Plank, CEO of UnderArmour and owner of Sagamore Farm, who granted rights of way to make this project possible, while the County’s Department of Public Works managed the project.” Kamenetz noted that 388 acres of the Sagamore Farm property are permanently preserved from development through the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and another 50 acres owned by Plank are under a Maryland Environmental Trust preservation easement. 

Each day this busy intersection is used by 15,000 vehicles from Tufton Avenue, 11,000 from Greenspring Avenue and 7,000 from Worthington Avenue. Prior to the installation of the traffic circle, morning backups would often exceed one mile. The traffic regulator – stamped concrete that simulates brick, with center planter and flanking splitter islands – improves traffic congestion and leaves an unobstructed view of some of the County’s most beautiful landscape.

Towson Row, a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use development at the southern gateway to downtown Towson, will be a significant economic engine for Baltimore County and the region, according to a study conducted by Sage Policy Group for the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

  • The study projects that Towson Row will create 2,000 permanent jobs, plus 3,500 temporary construction jobs.
  • During the construction phase alone, Baltimore County will see $490 million in business sales and $185 million in labor income.
  • When fully occupied, the development will generate over $220 million in Baltimore County business sales each year, plus $92 million in annual employee compensation.
  • The study projects Towson Row will support more than $3.2 million in annual Baltimore County tax revenues by fiscal year 2022 and grow to more than $4.7 million a year by fiscal year 2040. Current annual property taxes on the undeveloped land are $145,000.

“The results of this study clearly demonstrate Towson Row’s tremendous employment and economic impact, not only for downtown Towson, but for the entire Baltimore region,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Positions Downtown Towson as Quality of Life Leader

"Increasingly, we observe that those areas able to support the highest quality of life are also those associated with the most dynamic economies and most rapid income growth. Towson Row is large and ambitious enough to position downtown Towson as a quality of life leader in the region,” said Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group. “The project will support 2,000 permanent jobs in Baltimore County. Its mix of contemporary residential and commercial development will create opportunities for local entrepreneurs to be both visible and immersed in an environment characterized by high-quality retail, restaurants, professional services, and an ascendant university.”

Signature Project in Downtown Towson

The $350 million mixed-use project in downtown Towson is being led by Greenberg Gibbons on five acres bounded by York Road, Towsontown Boulevard, Chesapeake and Susquehanna Avenues. The 1.2 million-square-foot development will include over 140,000 square feet of retail and commercial uses, 145,000 square feet of Class A office space, 250 luxury high-rise residential units, 300  student housing units, and a hotel.

“We see Towson Row as an excellent opportunity to provide a transformational project that will create a high energy destination and contribute a positive economic impact to the revitalization of downtown Towson,” said Brian Gibbons, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Greenberg Gibbons. Other Greenberg Gibbons projects in Baltimore County include the revitalized Shops at Kenilworth in Towson, the newly opened Foundry Row in Owings Mills and the landmark Hunt Valley Towne Center.

“Towson Row is a signature project in downtown Towson. The mix of office, retail, residential, hotel and open public space complements the traditional-meets-contemporary feel in Towson,” said Katie Pinheiro, Executive Director of the Greater Towson Committee.

“Towson Row’s new residents, visitors and workers will add energy and tremendous economic impact to our vibrant downtown,” said Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce.

County Support

Under long-established County law, the project is entitled to Commercial Revitalization tax credits for constructing in a designated revitalization district and High Performance Building tax credits. The developer is forgoing these tax credits and would receive the $26.5 million present value of the taxes as the project is constructed. The developer will continue to pay property taxes.

When the new downtown Towson hotel begins construction, the County would provide a $16.4 million grant equal to the hotel tax. These funds will be repaid to the County through the hotel occupancy tax.

The County will recoup its total project support in 12-14 years, as property and hotel taxes are collected. Once economic multipliers are factored in, the payback period is even shorter, according to the Sage Policy Group study.

The Baltimore County Council will discuss the County support agreement for the Towson Row development at its December 12 work session.

Construction and Operational Economic Impacts

Towson Row’s economic impact in Baltimore County includes 5,500 construction and permanent jobs, $220 million in annual business activity and over $92 million in annual employee compensation. Total annual tax revenues will exceed $3.2 million by fiscal year 2022 and grow to more than $4.7 million by fiscal year 2040, according to the Sage Policy Group study.

During the construction phase alone, Baltimore County will see $490 million in business sales and $185 million in labor income.

Construction Phase Economic Impacts



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Source:  Sage, IMPLAN  FTE=Full Time Equivalent



Operational Phase Economic Impacts


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Source:  Sage, IMPLAN   FTE=Full Time Equivalent

Revised September 11, 2017