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County Planning to Release Data on Alternate Firehouse Sites

Residents rallied against a proposal to to construct a firehouse on Towson Manor Park.

More information on the location of a new Towson firehouse could be coming in the near future.

Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman, said data from a study analyzing prospective sites for the firehouse will be released "sooner rather than later." She did not confirm that the announcement would name a specific site for construction.

"We're very actively still looking into it," Kobler said.

The county had initially identified Towson Manor Park as the site for the new firehouse, but began the process of evaluating alternate sites amid community uproar.

Towson leaders said in early December that county officials told them that the review of the other sites could take up to three weeks.

County officials plan to sell the current Towson Fire Station, the North Point Government Center and a police substation in Randallstown. Funds garnered from the sales would go toward the construction of new facilities. Any remaining proceeds would benefit school improvement projects, including installing air conditioning at Dumbarton Middle School.

Further Reading:

Brochin: County Takes Towson Manor Park 'Off The Table'

Towson Manor Residents To Rally Against New Firehouse

County Executive Reportedly Eyeing Alternate Locations for New Firehouse

Firehouse For Air Conditioning Deal Burns Some

Lafferty: County Should Find Alternate Site for New Fire Station

Residents Stage Protest Against Firehouse at Towson Manor Park

County: Towson Manor Park Still Possible Firehouse Site

David Taylor January 02, 2013 at 08:11 PM
So... where's the study of potential sites they conducted that originally selected the park as the best choice? Was there even a study done, or was this just some political shell-game to get folks behind the plan to hand over the fire station to developers (and "at least you get to keep your park...so shut up and be happy for that"). ... I hope that along with the site study, we get some solid accounting - there are too many "ifs" in the proposal ... "if we make any money on the development deals, we can maybe purchase some air conditioners" ... I'm still not buying it. Keep the fire station and schools where they are, don't incur the costs of transitioning/relocating/etc, and let Target and WaWa stores build on some other locations. That may save us more than permanently selling off the land to cover this temporary and un-neccessary gap in this year's budget and "hoping" that the county has leftover money from the "development deal shuffle" they have planned. What do you think?
Meg O'Hare January 02, 2013 at 09:02 PM
More of the same Baltimore County dictatorship. Exclude the citizen and do whatever you want. Same thing happening in Dundalk with the Eastwood Magnet Elementary School closure. Stealth Superintendent Dallas Dance (puppet of Development Attorney Larry Schmidt aka Board of Ed President and King Kamenetz and his developer friends) sends an underling to observe while the prinipal breaks the news to parents in Dundalk that 2 elementary schools as we know them are closing and they are opening one school with K-3 students and another with 4-8 students and calling this "mess" a K-8 school. Government of, by and for the people--I think not!!
PMM49 January 03, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I wonder which one of the County Execs developer contributor friends has a deal lined up for that corner on York Road? Or maybe there is a bidding war? Can imagine the $ that must be flowing into the campaign coffers? One way or another, it's going to happen
Save the North Point Government Center January 03, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Please support- http://www.facebook.com/SaveTheNorthPointGovernmentCenter https://www.facebook.com/SupportEastwoodElementaryMagnetSchool
JDStuts January 03, 2013 at 02:44 PM
My question is what type of fool sells in downmarket? Commercial real estate is still in the toilet. If the county was trying to maximize their return they wait at least two or three more years. This smells of political hacks and favoritism.

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