Monday, January 7, 2013
Baltimore County took the park off the table as a potential site for a new firehouse following community outrage.
Towson Manor Park is safe from county development efforts for now, and community leaders are hoping to keep it that way. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced Monday that if sales of three government properties—including the current Towson fire station—go through, some of the funds raised would fund the construction of a new firehouse at the corner of Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard. Towson Manor Park was initally identified as the preferred site, but county officials looked into alternate locations amid community uproar. "We were very much blindsided by the initial announcement [about the firehouse]," said Ed Kilcullen, a Towson Manor Village resident and former president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations…
New plan to sell Towson Fire Station, Woodlawn police substation and North Point Government Center includes new site for replacement fire house.
UPDATED (2:37p.m.)—The Towson Fire Station, North Point Government Center and a police substation on Liberty Road are now officially on the sales block. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the expected requests for proposals today in an emailed statement. The plan, as announced, also includes a new site for the construction of a fire station in Towson. "As always, the market will tell us whether or not our valuation of the properties is correct," Kamenetz said in the statement. "If we are right, then we will be able to replace a police precinct and a fire station for free at no cost to the taxpayers. "We will also be able to dedicate funds for badly needed school renovation projects. Difficult economic times require us to …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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 …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A portion of the sign has gone missing since a mid-2010 Patch photograph of it was taken.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Community members are wondering what has happened to a sign at Towson Manor Park. A mid-2010 Patch photo shows a section of the sign that reads "A Program Open Space Project MD. Dept. of Natural Resources." The section is no longer there, although the hooks that previously held it up are. "It could be totally coincidental that it's not there anymore, but [community members] were talking about it," said Ed Kilcullen, a Towson Manor resident and past president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations. Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman, could not immediately confirm what became of that portion of the sign. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz previously said that if land in the open space program was used for development, it is …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Towson Manor Village residents and supporters gathered at the corner of Towsontown Boulevard and York Road.
A throng of protesters chanted "save our park" during Thursday rush hour as passing motorists honked their horns in support at the intersection of Towsontown Boulevard and York Road. The group is fighting back against a county proposal to construct a a firehouse at Towson Manor Park, which sits on Towsontown Boulevard between East Towson and Towson Green. Maureen Zingo, an 11-year Towson Manor Village resident who participated in the rally, said many children in the neighborhood don't have backyards to play in so the park is an important part of the community. "We use the park all the time," said Zingo, who has three children at Hampton Elementary School. "My family over-utilizes it." Paul Hartman, vice president of the Greater Towson …
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 …
Other county officials remain skeptical.
UPDATED (8:44 a.m.)—A controversial plan to build a new fire station in Towson on the site of Towson Manor Park could be off the table. State Sen. Jim Brochin, a Towson Democrat, said county officials promised him Wednesday that they would seek an alternative site. "It's absolutely off the table and is not going to be on the table," said Brochin. The promise came from Yolanda Winkler, a lobbyist for the county, according to Brochin. County officials could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night. In an interview Tuesday afternoon, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said he understands the opposition to the park site and that the county continues to search for a suitable location. "Obviously we need a site for when we move …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
County officials has identified Towson Manor Park as a potential site for the fire station.
Towson Manor Village residents are planning to protest the possible contruction of a fire station at a nearby community park during a Thursday afternoon rally. After much speculation, the county confirmed in a news release Tuesday that Towson Manor Park, which sits on Towsontown Boulevard between East Towson and Towson Green, has been identified as a prospective site for the new station. The current one, located at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue, will be sold. In an email, Towson Manor resident Megan Saunders shared that community members are staging a protest against the fire station construction at Towson Manor Park on Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Protestors are meeting at 4 p.m. "Essentially our viewpoint is that it's …
Monday, December 10, 2012
County officials are reportedly considering constructing a new fire station at Towson Manor Park.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Editor's Note: The following is a letter from Del. Steve Lafferty, who represents Towson, regarding the proposed construction of a fire station at Towson Manor Park. Community members have expressed outrage over building the station on top of one of Towson's few open spaces. County officials have declined to comment on the project. --- County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed to sell the Towson Fire Station located at York Road and Bosley Avenue in order to raise money. He has stated that these funds would be used to build a new fire station and to help fund air conditioning at Dumbarton Middle School. I applaud the County Executive for finding creative ways to fund projects. And, yes, Dumbarton badly needs air conditioning and the …