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By Don Mohler, Baltimore County Executive

Construction is underway for Towson Row, the $350 million centerpiece of downtown Towson’s transformation. At a construction kick-off ceremony, I looked at the heavy equipment digging infrastructure for the luxury apartments, student housing, hotels, shops and restaurants that will generate 5,500 jobs and change Towson’s skyline.

I was thinking about County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Towson Row symbolized his vision of what downtown Towson could be. He wanted the Baltimore County seat to be a place that didn’t roll up the streets at five o’clock. He saw the potential of building stronger ties between Towson University and downtown Towson. He often walked around to see what new shop or restaurant had opened, and marvel at all the construction cranes.

With Towson Row rising, downtown Towson’s transformation takes a major step forward. This is quality development with undeniable economic impact, bringing jobs, business activity and tax revenue for the entire County.

Towson Row will generate 5,500 construction and permanent jobs, $220 million in annual business activity and $92 million in annual employee compensation. Annual tax revenues topping $3.2 million will start three years from now, and increase as the project is completed.

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

There is quality at the helm of Towson Row, a joint venture of Baltimore County developers Greenberg Gibbons and Caves Valley Partners.

It’s exciting to see what’s come to downtown Towson in the past few years. With more than $1 billion in new private investment, more people are living here, more people are visiting here, and more students are learning here.

There’s the Towson Square entertainment center, with Cinemark movies and restaurants. The cranes are up next door at Circle East, with new apartments, shops and restaurants. [Who remembers this as the Hutzler’s building?]

Towson Commons is coming alive. CVS Pharmacy, Boho Nation, Chipotle, Hair Cuttery, Brown Rice Korean Grill, Insomnia Cookies, First National Bank, Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar and Den Da Coffee are open, with C&R Pub coming soon.

There are too many new locally-owned shops and restaurants to keep up with, so I’ll just mention the lines to get into Nacho Mama’s, the happy hour crowd at The Point in Towson, the second location for a Fells Point favorite, and Cunningham’s, which regularly makes the Baltimore’s Best Restaurants lists.

Perhaps the most important change in downtown Towson is more than 3,400 new apartments and townhomes within easy walking distance of entertainment, shopping, parks, universities and workplaces. 

When I leave my office in the Historic Courthouse, I see residents jogging, walking their dogs, or grabbing a coffee and relaxing in the courthouse gardens. I see people meeting friends for dinner at an outdoor café, visiting the farmers market, or joining the hundreds of people at the free Feet on the Street Friday night concerts sponsored by the Towson Chamber.

Towson is one of the many reasons to love Baltimore County. Spread the word. #ILoveBaltimoreCounty.



Fortune 500 company expanding tool division headquarters   

Stanley Black & Decker is adding capacity to support 400 new jobs in Baltimore County to bolster the company’s growing Global Tools & Storage business. The Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company will be investing $8.5 million to build-out new office space at Greenleigh at Crossroads in White Marsh-Middle River.

The expansion will bring Stanley Black & Decker’s total employment in Maryland to approximately 2,700. The company currently employs 1,600 people at their Global Tool and Storage division headquarters in Towson.

“Stanley Black & Decker could have brought these jobs to any place in the United States. This major expansion by a global industrial leader shows their confidence in Baltimore County’s innovation economy and our highly skilled workers,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Stanley Black & Decker’s new building will house positions in electrical and electromechanical engineering, digital and brand marketing, industrial design, finance, and human resources. The average annual salary for the new jobs will be $60,000.                                                

“As Stanley Black & Decker continues to grow, we need to continually infuse our business with innovation-minded people who are excited about building the innovations that will change the world tomorrow,” said Jeff Ansell, President of Global Tools & Storage for Stanley Black & Decker. “We continue to find those people right here in Maryland and we are proud to expand our operations in a place that we’ve called home for nearly 110 years. The State of Maryland and the County of Baltimore have been strong partners throughout this expansion process, and are working hard to help our innovative, high-performing company grow in Maryland.”

Stanley Black & Decker’s expansion grows their Baltimore County footprint by 92,000 square feet. The company will lease office space at Greenleigh at Crossroads, a $750 million mixed-use development at Maryland Route 43 and I-95 in White Marsh-Middle River developed by St. John Properties.

The company currently occupies 565,000 square feet of office, research and development, innovation, maker space and training facilities in Towson. Locations include a 31-acre division headquarters campus on East Joppa Road and leased properties in the downtown Towson area.

Baltimore County is providing a $200,000 conditional loan to assist the company with project costs. Support of a resolution related to a Maryland State loan will be discussed at a County Council work session February 13, 2018.

Legacy of Innovation in Baltimore County

In 1910, Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker opened a shop in downtown Towson, Maryland. In 1916, they obtained the world’s first patent for a portable power tool.

Stanley Works and Black & Decker companies merged in 2010, forming Stanley Black & Decker.  In 2017, Stanley Black & Decker ranked 250 on the Fortune 500 list.

To learn more about opportunities at Stanley Black & Decker, visit

Highlights include Fire Jugglers, Dancing Reindeer, Marching Elves and Santa 

Baltimore County's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m. It will be held in the downtown Towson shopping district at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. This year’s festivities will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck, free hot chocolate and pastries, fire jugglers and holiday musical performances by the Calvert Hall Jazz Band, the Gold Starz Marching Band, Daja Alexander, the Perry Hall Middle School Panthers and the Anna Appicella School of Dance.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will join Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in presiding over the official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree at approximately 6:25 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host a Santa's Workshop featuring free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as holiday musical performances. This year, Santa's Workshop is in a new location, inside the Eat-talian Restaurant right next to Olympian Park. Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa.

Temporary road closures and free parking

To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. that evening.

Mid-Atlantic Properties will offer free parking from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at their parking garage located at 111Allegheny Avenue.

Thank you to event sponsors!

The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government as part of Winterfest 2017. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Stanley Black and Decker, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Wells Fargo Advisors Jim and Gretchen Pomfret, Towson Life and the Red Zone Team at Brokerage. Free refreshments are being provided by the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North, La Cakerie and the Towson Chamber of Commerce. 

A Season of Celebrations in Towson

The Christmas tree lighting event kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s Winterfest 2017 – a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new developments around the Towson community. Members of the community are encouraged to come down and get acquainted with the talking reindeer Beau and Tinsel, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have breakfast with Frosty and the Grinch, create holiday gifts in Santa’s Workshop, and participate in many other festive activities!

For more information about this event and Towson’s Winterfest 2017, a month-long series of holiday events, contact the Towson Chamber of Commerce online at or call them at 410-825-1144.

Free Parking in Downtown Towson for the Holidays

Baltimore County will offer area shoppers two hours of free parking at all street meters and metered County parking lots during its Holiday Free Meter Parking Program over Thanksgiving weekend from Thursday, November 23 through Sunday, November 26, and from Sunday December 20 through Saturday, December 25 in shopping districts around the County. Red “Seasons Greetings Free Parking” meter bags will be placed over the meters on the designated days. The County asks patrons to consider parking for two hours or less so that more people will have the opportunity to enjoy this offering during the holiday season.

Revised September 11, 2017