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Marks Seeks Improved Design Standards for Loch Raven Commercial District

The councilman, who represents the area, met with community leaders Thursday night.

After conferring with community leaders Thursday night, Councilman David Marks announced plans to pursue legislation related to upping the design standards of the Loch Raven Commercial Revitalization District.

"It mainly has to do with things like landscaping, signage and dumpster placement," Marks said.

Barbara McAllister, a Hillendale resident who attended the meeting Marks hosted at Pleasant Plains Elementary School, called the area an eye sore.

"I think it's a good idea to do this," she said. "We needed this years ago."

McAllister added that the changes could intice community members to shop local and bring good businesses to the area.

"[Locals] have to go outside the area to do the things they want," said McAllister, who noted that she would like to see the district look more like the Hunt Valley Towne Centre.

Susie Watkins, another Hillendale resident, said the derelict state of the district attracts "the wrong kind of people."

"It's very unsafe," she said. "The police are really helpful. If it weren't for them, it'd be chaos."

Marks also expressed interest in breaking up the district into three smaller areas—Baynesville, Satyr Hill and Loch Raven/Hillendale.

"We want to start giving these areas stronger identities," he said.

reslh January 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I hope this happens and it happens sooner rather than later! I grew up in this area and stayed in this area after getting married and raising our children. We are now retired but still here and I am appalled at the condition of this area especially being the gateway to Baltimore County. We often ask ourselves, when driving up and down Loch Raven Blvd, "what are we still doing here?"
Lily January 22, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I agree! It's wonderful to see the councilman taking and interest in an area like Hillendale that other people just want to ignor and hope it goes away.

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