Thanks to the recent press coverage in The Baltimore Sun and elsewhere, the issue of the Bel-Loc Diner has raised some important issues regarding historic preservation (“Preservation group launches petition to reuse, rather than demolish, Bel-Loc Diner,” June 27). Indeed, over the last few weeks, social media has been actively debating the merits of historic preservation, adaptive reuse and even the merits of planning, zoning and development.
One of the most contentious issues regarding the entire concept of historic preservation is the idea that those who wish to see something of architectural or cultural value saved or adapted to another use are attempting to somehow steal the property rights of the owner. This idea cannot be farther from the truth. Development of real estate must balance public need with private rights. Hence, we have offices of planning and zoning, and we have public commentary to try and achieve this balance. Historic preservation and its legal framework seek to assist property owners in keeping something that is inherently valuable as a viable property for generations to come. It has been said recently that societies are judged not by what we build but what we choose not to destroy. With the Bel-Loc, we have the opportunity to make something that is old, new again and keep its best attributes for the next generations to enjoy.
Read full article: Bel-Loc Diner preservation – Baltimore Sun
Zoning is not a sexy subject, yet its implications can be immense. Towson is on the verge of making zoning changes that will have major long-term consequences and shape the future of the area.
If the changes are not handled correctly now, it could hurt Towson for decades to come.
Zoning classifications in Towson can be complicated because of our urban-suburban nature. From the standpoint of the residential community, the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations would like to see zoning decisions that do the following:
Read full article: Towson Flyer Op-ed: Future of Towson at risk with proposed zoning changes – Towson Flyer
The Towson Fireworks have been postponed to Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Check www.TowsonFireworks.com for updates.
Over the past several years, Towson Manor Village and surrounding communities have vigorously opposed dense, high-rise development within the Towson Triangle due to conflicts arising from increased traffic, storm water management, parking deficiencies, light and sound pollution and the general aesthetics of our skyline.
Our opposition to BMCT zoning within the Towson Triangle has been well established, and the CZMP requests in issues 5018 and 5023 from DMS Developers and the American Legion will allow even larger buildings with less parking and little input from the surrounding communities and stakeholders who will be most dramatically impacted.
If our government is functioning to represent its citizens, it is difficult to see how the County Council could consider supporting up zoning to BMCT for either of these issues. We are the citizens; we are their constituents. This is the moment where they show your voters if they side with them or with developers.
Source: Neighbors fear project’s impact on traffic, stormwater, parking and noise – Baltimore Sun
A message from Capt. Jay Landsman:
I would have liked to get this out to you sooner, but here it is:
Tomorrow, 6/18/16, between 1pm and 2pm, there will be some traffic disruption related to a Vietnam Memorial Motorcycle Ride. This ride will travel from the American Legion Hall on York Road below Towson Town Blvd to Bosley Avenue. The route will turn left onto West Joppa Road to Falls Road. The ride will continue onto Northbound on Falls Road to West Padonia Road and out to York Road. Once on York Road, the ride will head south to the Timonium Fairgrounds. There are over 1,000 motorcycles expected for this ride. We have officers at each intersection to ensure that we move the riders through in a safe and timely fashion. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and for the last minute notice. We will do everything we can to keep the disruption to a minimum.
Captain Jay Landsman, Jr., Commander
Precinct 6 / Towson
Baltimore County Police Department
115 W. Susquehanna Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Desk (410) 887-5507
Cell (443) 613-5833