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New Urban Park Offers Engaging Public Open Space

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler and a crowd of Towson supporters braved the wintry weather this morning to celebrate the completion of renovations to Patriot Plaza, which created a new urban park that brings more green space to downtown Towson. The plaza is located between the Historic Courthouse and Circuit Courthouse buildings.

The $5.5 million renovation project removed nearly two acres of impervious concrete and an inoperable fountain from the existing plaza, replacing it with 1.8 acres of attractive green space with new pavers, sidewalks, seating walls, lighting and furnishings. The new park better showcases the existing memorials dedicated to fallen Baltimore County police officers and fire fighters.

“Towson is evolving into a vibrant 21st century urban center and this transformed Patriot Plaza brings a modern and elegant, but also warm and inviting setting to downtown Towson,” Mohler said. “We thank our community and civic leaders who gave helpful feedback that contributed to this design.”

The Kamenetz administration sought input on the design from representatives of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA), the Greater Towson Committee and the fire and police unions and memorial associations. The design was developed by Rubeling & Associates, a Towson architectural firm. The general contractor is Northpoint Builders and the civil engineering firm is JMT.

“The new park looks absolutely spectacular and we’re thankful that County Executive Kamenetz committed to this project and County Executive Mohler brought it to completion,” said Nancy Hafford, Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. “We’re hoping that next year we’ll be able to host a number of great events in and around this wonderful new public open space.”

Mohler unveiled a commemorative plaque in honor of former County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who passed away in May of this year. “County Executive Kamenetz completely reimagined this plaza to expand the welcoming green feeling from the Courthouse Gardens into the plaza and make it a place where people would want to walk and relax, rather than just hurrying through,” he said.


By Diana Creasy, Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Sitting along Maryland Route 43 in Middle River, Baltimore Crossroads is changing the economic landscape of eastern Baltimore County. One of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest mixed-use communities, Baltimore Crossroads offers over 6,000,000 square feet of office, flex, warehouse and industrial space, along with a hotel, retail villages and luxury apartment homes.

Greenleigh at Crossroads

Greenleigh at Crossroads, a development inside Baltimore Crossroads, is transforming how Baltimore County citizens are thriving, right in their own neighborhood. Conveniently located along the I-95 and I-695 corridor, Greenleigh at Crossroads is the largest “new urbanism” community in the County, with 1,500 single family homes, townhomes, and luxury apartments, all with easy access to the commercial properties on site. Offices, residences, shops and services are connected by a network of open spaces for more walking, and less driving, creating a more convenient, enjoyable place to live and work. A new, 120 room Marriott SpringHill Suites is now open, offering short and long-term stays for locals and visitors.

Stanley Black & Decker is adding 400 new jobs in Baltimore County to support the company’s growing tool and storage division. The Fortune 500/S&P 500 company is investing $8.5 million to build-out new office space at Greenleigh at Crossroads, with workers already moving to their new Middle River offices.

When Baltimore Crossroads is fully built out, it is expected to attract 10,000 jobs. Stanley Black & Decker, Mary Sue Candies, Danfoss, Pevco, BGE HOME, Atlantic Design, Breakthru Beverage Maryland, and Synagro are just a few of the companies that already have brought jobs to Middle River.

The late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s vision was to turn vacant property zoned for development into an upscale mixed-use community to boost economic development and create jobs. With Greenleigh at Crossroads, developers St. John Properties and Somerset Construction are bringing that vision to reality.


By Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Recycling Division

Throughout his career with Baltimore County, the late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz demonstrated a steadfast commitment to protecting the environment. He understood that governments, businesses and citizens must work together to find solutions that help us live and conduct business more sustainably.

With the help of many other county employees, County Executive Kamenetz built a legacy of environmental stewardship that will have an impact on our region for generations to come.

  • Almost two billion dollars invested in water and sewer projects to provide safe, clean drinking water and responsible waste management.
  • More than $137 million in stream restoration, shoreline stabilization, reforestation and other water quality projects to preserve and restore the County’s natural infrastructure, including nearly 50,000 trees planted on 466 acres.
  • Building a new single-stream recycling facility.
  • Establishing energy efficiency and renewable energy policies to reduce the County’s carbon footprint.
  • More than $68 million invested in new parks, recreation facilities and community centers.
  • Seventeen Small Watershed Action Plans developed to clean up streams and rivers and send healthier waters to the Bay.
  • Twenty four TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Implementation Plans developed in nine county watersheds to reduce waterway pollutants such as trash, bacteria, sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen and mercury.
  • Creating the environmentally-focused Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page.

Baltimore County has earned a number of recent awards for its environmental programs, including:

  • National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Awards every year from 2010 to 2017
  • Maryland Recycling Network’s Outstanding Government Leadership Award
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for the County’s Single Stream Recycling facility
  • Maryland Recycling Network Extraordinary Achievement Award for the Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page

By his leadership and actions, County Executive Kamenetz saw a sustainable future for our county and state, with cleaner air and water, green open spaces, abundant forests, healthy wildlife and a thriving Chesapeake Bay.

He also had faith that we, the citizens, employees and institutions of Baltimore County, would do our part to make this vision a reality.

The question is, what can we do today to make ours a cleaner, greener county? Find tips and resources at baltimorecountymd.gov/CleanGreenBaltCo.

 

 

 

                  


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017