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Date: Jun 7, 2018

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.



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