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County: Towson Manor Park Still Possible Firehouse Site

State Sen. Jim Brochin said county officials promised him on Wednesday that the site was "off the table."

Baltimore County officials are refuting reports that Towson Manor Park is no longer in the running as a possible site for a new firehouse.

"The Towson Manor Park is still under consideration, but we are working to find other sites," said Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman.

Kobler did not confirm how many or which sites are being evaluated.

State Sen. Jim Brochin said Yolanda Winkler, a county lobbyist, had assured him on Wednesday that Towson Manor Park was "off the table." He said Winkler had asked him to call off a Thursday afternoon rally organized by residents protesting the potential use of the park.

"It wasn't my rally to call off," he said.

Brochin said county officials had told them they would put out a news release stating that the park was no longer being considered.

"I have no idea what [county officials are] thinking," Brochin said. "I'm at a loss. I'm getting different stories from them every day."

The Towson state senator is in the process of drafting a bill that would require legislative approval before developing on park land.

County officials confirmed plans to sell the current Towson Fire Station, the North Point Government Center and a police substation in Randallstown earlier this week. 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. 

JDStuts December 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Why is Kobler speaking? I thought we elected a county executive who promised the developers he'd be business friendly. Shouldn't he be giving developers reassurances that no matter what the York Road property is being sold to us?
JDStuts December 13, 2012 at 09:10 PM
From the County Exec's own press release. Nice to see David Marks bought and paid for... “The sale of this property not only adds it to the county tax rolls, but it funds much-needed air conditioning at Dumbarton Middle School and construction of a new fire station in the fast-growing Towson community,” said 5th District Councilman David Marks. “In an era where money is tight, I commend County Executive Kamenetz for his fiscal management, and look forward to engaging the community about the new location of the fire station.”
Fire Kevin Kamenetz December 13, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Hey JD when was the quote from? David Marks has repeatedly said he is for the sale but against the use of the park for the new fire house.
Stewart G December 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Didn't the developer use that park land as a way to meet the open space requirement for the PUD that's being built there? Maybe I'm mixing up the different versions that were being reviewed. Otherwise there wasn't enough for approval. How could the County insist that the open space is necessary for the development to be approved but then say it's not important when they want it for something else?

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