New Towson High School turf field
Stoneleigh Summit, a 55-plus community in Towson, kicked off this past Saturday with the official opening of its model house, near 6901Sherwood Road. For residents of the Stoneleigh and Idlewylde neighborhoods, though, Stoneleigh Summit hardly comes as a surprise. It follows a decade-long slog through the Baltimore County development process that was, at times, contentious.
“We had 300 people at the public meeting when the plan was first heard. We had pickets in front of the Country Club of Maryland’s driveway,” said Cynthia Jabs, a board member of the Idlewylde Community Association who organized and represented the association and other neighborhoods in negotiations with the country club, which owned the property and proposed the development plan.
The property, 13.8 acres next to the club’s golf course, was vacant and wooded when the country club proposed a development of 56 single-family houses in 2005. The project would have required a zoning change to allow for that density, according to Jabs.
The negotiations centered on the neighboring communities’ concerns about school overcrowding, traffic on Sherwood Road and the nearly 150 acres of vacant country club land that could be developed in the future.
Source: A contested 55-and-older community, in Towson, reaches the summit – Baltimore Sun
These proposed routes for the Towson circulator are very, very, very preliminary. If funding comes through the buses may start running sometime in fiscal year 2018. Did I mention that these proposed routes are preliminary?
Proposed circulator routes (click for larger image)
When Baltimore County announced in June its plan to acquire 2.5 acres of Radebaugh Florist property off Aigburth Avenue in Towson to preserve it from potential development, it sounded like a done deal.
But an attorney for the Radebaugh family immediately called the announcement “premature,” and five months later, the sale has yet to be finalized, according County Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson and has been pushing for more open space in the area.
The county government would pay for the land using $1.1 million in Program Open Space funding but is balking at paying as much as $500,000 to demolish several greenhouses on the site, because Program Open Space does not cover demolition costs, Marks said. He said the county is claiming it will cost that much to raze the greenhouses, but that he thinks it will cost far less.
Source: Baltimore County still negotiating to buy Radebaugh property – Baltimore Sun
West Towson resident Tim Tenne spent 20 years in the Air Force. During his service as a pilot and colonel, he moved 13 times, so he has seen a lot when it comes to the different ways in which communities are managed, governed and grown. He and his wife, Andrea, have two sons in college; have started a business, T3 Run – a running event service; and he is working with the Federal Aviation Administration. The Tennes are happily settled into their long-term home, and Tim wants to help ensure the best and brightest path for Towson’s future.
Tim was recently chosen as chairman of a new Baltimore County Committee tasked with looking at the logistics of making Towson a separate council district. The committee has been pulled together through the office of Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who has proposed a nine-member council (instead of seven) to make it happen, http://bsun.md/1PdETG0. Transparency and public participation are foundations for the group. The committee has four members, and would like to add more. The goal is to assemble a team with diversity of backgrounds, interests and political leanings to represent Towson as a whole. The group is enthusiastic and invested in their mission.
Source: Baltimore County Committee hopes to create new district [Towson] – Baltimore Sun