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Action Will Preserve 23 Acres of Developable Land and Protect Local Waterways

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler and 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins announced the County’s plans to preserve a significant parcel of environmentally sensitive land in Middle River to prevent development, thereby protecting water quality for local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

The County plans to acquire 23 acres, located on the southwest corner of Bengie’s Road and Bourque Avenue, which is less than a mile from Dark Head Creek and Middle River, and is immediately adjacent to another 28 acres of open space owned by the State of Maryland. Program Open Space acquisition funds will be applied to reimburse the full $100,000 purchase price.

“Preserving rural lands is one of the most effective ways to protect the drinking water supplies for 2.6 million people in the Baltimore region, as well as the water quality of our streams and rivers that flow to the Chesapeake," Mohler said..

"I am always looking for sites around the district for Project Open Space,” said Bevins. “I am thankful for the administration for purchasing this land. This is the latest in a long list of ways we have worked to improve the environment here in Middle River. From dredging the Bird River to preserving open space, I have worked hard to protect and improve the environment.” 

The property is zoned for medium-density residential development and has a recorded 20-lot subdivision. By purchasing this property from Windlass Woods, LLC., the County is guaranteeing its ability to serve as a filter for stormwater, protecting the water quality of Middle River and the Chesapeake Bay. It will be preserved as a forested refuge for wildlife, while offering scenic views in a growing area of the County, near the Baltimore Crossroads mixed-use development.


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 Fronda Cohen, Baltimore County Communications

Mary Sue Easter bunnyManufacturing in Baltimore County is taking a giant leap when the Mary Sue Candies Easter bunny moves to a new, state of the art factory in White Marsh. The iconic 32 foot inflatable pink bunny is part of a decades-old tradition at Mary Sue, one of many candy brands Ruxton Chocolates will manufacture in its new 100,000 square foot plant and headquarters at Baltimore Crossroads@95.

Bill Buppert, the 38-year-old CEO of Ruxton Chocolates, is the man behind the move. Much has changed in the 15 years the man lovingly called “Billy Wonka” took over management of the company that makes Mary Sue, Naron, Glauber’s and private label brand candies. 

Tastes have moved toward dark chocolate with higher cocoa content. Customers are looking for something new, so Ruxton is always testing to find the next great saltwater taffy flavor, Easter egg filling, pecan log or almond bark treat. [Hungry yet?]      

But when one of your brands started production in 1905, much should remain the same. Equipment will move from three Baltimore locations that are bursting to capacity. “Our traditional techniques are who we are. You’ll still find brittles and toffees churned in huge copper kettles and chocolate poured on marble tables,” said Buppert. “Our employees really define who we are. Together, our 43 employees have some 500 years of candy making experience. You can taste the difference in every piece of candy we make.”

When Ruxton Chocolates moves to Baltimore County in the spring of 2017, there will be 43 candy makers, machine operators and packers carefully setting chocolates in their packaging. 

With more capacity at the new plant, those candy packers might be moving faster so they don’t become a scene from “I Love Lucy.”

Stay tuned.     

For more information on how Baltimore County can help your factory move faster, go to www.baltimorecountymd.gov/business or call the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at 410-887-8000. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017