Thursday, June 28, 2012
The President of the West Padonia Road Community Association believes the vote to approve Mays Chapel Park as the site for a new elementary school should be recalled.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
To submit a letter to the editor, write to editor Tyler Waldman at email@example.com. _______ By: Dave Suarez-Murias, President of the West Padonia Road Community Association. The Baltimore County Board of Education voted on March 20 to build a 700-seat regional elementary in school in the middle of a county planned retirement community. The vote was invalid because the school board relied on the claims of Board President Lawrence E. Schmidt and Executive Director of School Physical Facilities Michael G. Sines, who provided incorrect material facts. They stated that no infrastructure existed within 1,000 feet of the Dulaney Springs site. They further claimed that building as Dulaney Springs would cost as much as $4 million more to to …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Parents had a front-row seat for Wednesday's ceremony marking the start of the $18.8 million project.
It's still taking Juliet Fisher a while to process that she's attended her last planning board meeting, her last town hall, her last council meeting in the long struggle to lobby for an expansion at Stoneleigh Elementary School. But as she sat in the front row, with school and elected officials at a groundbreaking Wednesday morning, she began making the adjustment to present tense. "I guess I don't have to say 'cautiously optimistic' anymore. Now I can say optimistic that we're moving forward. It's a wonderful achievement," said Fisher, a member of the parents group Stoneleigh United. "You still have to pinch yourself in some ways." There was much praise for the parents as the Stoneleigh Elementary community gathered to mark the beginning …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Councilman David Marks said the apartment complex's ownership will not submit a plan for the development.
After developers said they had no plan to submit, no rezoning proposal will go forward for the Colony at Kenilworth apartment complex, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks said. "They're not going to to prepare any alternate site plans and as a result any zoning request is officially dead," Marks said Friday. The planning board voted in May to recommend that existing zoning be kept on the complex. Community leaders had expressed concern that developers and Colorado-based Aimco—the property owner—didn't have firm plans. The County Council has the final say in quadrennial rezoning process. There's a preliminary zoning hearing before the council next week. Marks raised the Colony property as a zoning issue to generate discussion about …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Some questioned the viability of the project, set to begin its first phase of construction in late April.
Pennsylvania Avenue is the easiest way to get out of Adelaide Bentley's North East Towson community. Now Bentley, president of the North East Towson Improvement Association, said she worries she and other neighbors could be "boxed in" for days at a time due to street closures as construction gets going on the long-anticipated Towson Circle III project. Construction, traffic, safety and other concerns were at the forefront during a town hall meeting held Wednesday evening at the East Towson Carver Community Center. About 40 residents and business owners, mostly from east Towson and the Ridgely Condominiums, attended. Towson Circle III is an $85 million project to be built on the space bounded by Joppa Road and Pennsylvania, Virginia and …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
We got a tour of the model homes at the 121-unit development.
It wasn't long ago that the homes at Towson Green existed only in floor plans and artist renderings. Now, some of the luxury homes are ready for their close-up. Late last week, we got to tour the model homes at Towson Green and speak with Cathy Leaning, marketing director for Bozzuto Homes. The 121-unit development is currently under construction between East Burke Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard, just off York Road. Bozzuto will host a tour of its model homes on Saturday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the houses are still in progress—as you'll hear in the background during our video—but nine have already been sold, and several are ready for immediate move-in. The homes start from the low $300,000s and some, like the Dulaney …
Monday, February 20, 2012
With some developments completed and other about to begin, officials and analysts say Towson's business sector is set to rebound.
Nancy Hafford's phone is ringing a little more often these days. The executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce is fielding calls from retail stores and others who want to come to Towson or, in some cases, come back. Hafford won't name names but she thinks that the calls are a sign that downtown Towson has the whiff of success lately, including the launch of a trendy retailer, the re-opening of a larger commercial space and the promise of a new movie theater complex. Hafford, other area leaders and analysts feel Towson is set to rebound in 2012. And the rebound could beat market expectations as Towson makes strides in retail, commercial and residential development in the town's core. For instance, the once-mothballed Investment …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Despite suggestions from parents and elected officials, the school will be demolished after the 2012-13 school year.
Despite the hopes of parents in central Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Schools officials still plan to demolish the old George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson in 2013. The current magnet high school will be used during the next school year to house Stoneleigh Elementary School students displaced by a renovation and expansion at their school. Carver's current students will move to their new school just yards away on the same lot this fall. The decision was first reported by the Towson Times. Parents and elected officials wanted to see the old school remain standing, at least for one more year, to serve as a stopgap for elementary school overcrowding in the York Road corridor, or perhaps a new middle …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
In the second meeting this week on plans to send some West Towson Elementary students to Ridge Ruxton, parents questioned school officials about future enrollment projections
For each of the 28 steps between West Towson Elementary School and Ridge Ruxton School, West Towson principal Susan Hershfeld—who's counted those steps—had at least one question. More than 100 West Towson and Ridge Ruxton parents attended a meeting Wednesday night in the former's gymnasium on plans to annex next year's West Towson fourth-graders to four classrooms inside adjacent Ridge Ruxton, which serves special needs students up to age 21. "I think it's the most likely solution, given the situation," said Kristy Knupple, a Gaywood resident and parent of two West Towson students, with a third about to enter kindergarten. "I think it's the best case scenario." The meeting, markedly more upbeat than Monday's meeting at Ridge Ruxton, …
Monday, January 30, 2012
In an at-times emotional meeting on Monday night, parents blasted school officials for failing to accurately project West Towson's population.
What school system officials call a plan to alleviate overcrowding at West Towson Elementary, Ridge Ruxton School parents on Monday called "another Band-Aid" that doesn't solve the system's problems Officials held a meeting with about 30 Ridge Ruxton parents in the school's cafeteria to discuss a proposal to annex West Towson students into four classrooms at Ridge Ruxton, which serves special needs students from preschool through age 21. School system officials will also discuss the plan with West Towson parents at their school on Wednesday. West Towson Elementary opened in 2010 on Ridge Ruxton's campus to alleviate overcrowding at other area schools, including Riderwood and Rodgers Forge elementary schools. West Towson currently houses …