More than 150 people gathered outside the former Presbyterian Home of Maryland, in the Southland Hills neighborhood of Towson, Sunday evening for a rally to show support for preserving the home’s historic building and grounds, which are now facing the possibility of redevelopment.
The Presbyterian Home of Maryland announced earlier this year that it will sell the Towson property and open a new facility in Harford County, sparking concern among neighbors that the property could be developed and that a more-than-150-year-old mansion on the site could be torn down.
At the rally, community leaders delivered brief remarks about the building’s history and the importance to the neighborhood of the facility’s grounds, which Southland Hills residents have long used as a kind of unofficial park. Apart from that, the evening included neighbors catching up on a path by the hill, dogs playing fetch, children playing tag and teens practicing their lacrosse passes — all the things residents say they typically do on the property.
Source: Neighbors rally in support of saving Presbyterian Home building and grounds – Baltimore Sun
The developers who wanted to build a 20-story complex called 101 York in the Towson Triangle received a major setback today. Councilman David Marks said he will not approve DMS Development‘s re-zoning request that would have allowed the area to go from 4-story buildings to taller buildings.
“The zoning in the Towson Triangle will remain the same except for the four acres of public open space, which will be preserved as open space through Neighborhood Commons zoning,” Marks said, noting that the area now has more green space preserved.
Wendy Crites, executive director at DMS, said she could not comment on the zoning change. But when asked if the 101 York project was dead, she said, “No, not at all.”
Source: David Marks denies zoning change for 101 York development – Towson Flyer
The lawn in front of Baltimore County schools’ headquarters, which is a popular sledding hill, will be “downzoned” to deter future development on it, said Councilman David Marks. He also plans to downzone a strip of land on the western edge of GBMC along Charles Street.
Marks will recommend applying Neighborhood Commons zoning to 12 acres at the Greenwood Mansion, which is owned by the school system. The zoning will prohibit any development at the lawn that slopes downward to Charles Street. Should the school system sell any part of the property, the zoning would need to be changed before development could occur.
Source: Two parcels of land on Charles Street in Towson to be rezoned to deter development – Towson Flyer
The Towson Triangle, considered by neighboring communities to be a dividing line between them and downtown Towson, will not get the increased zoning density some developers have sought during the county’s quadrennial zoning process, if the Baltimore County Council agrees with Councilman David Marks in a vote scheduled for Aug. 30.
Every four years the county hears requests to change the current zoning of properties — thereby changing what can or can’t be built on those properties — from residents, business owners and elected officials. The requests first come before the Baltimore County Department of Planning, which issues a recommendation on each. The Planning Board then reviews the requests and holds a public hearing on them, after which the board issues its recommendations.
The County Council issues a final decision regarding the requests. This summer, the council held seven public hearings on more than 600 zoning requests countywide — including 161 in County Council District 5, which includes Towson. The council will vote on those requests next Tuesday, Aug. 30, thereby creating the county’s zoning map for the next four years.
Source: Upcoming zoning vote will set parameters for downtown Towson’s future development – Baltimore Sun
Baltimore County has backed away from a controversial proposal to place government offices at a historic mansion in Towson, leading the developer to focus instead on a residential plan that could result in the structure being demolished.
Arthur Adler, a principal with Caves Valley Partners, which has a contract to buy the Presbyterian Home of Maryland, said his company is now considering all options for the building – including tearing it down to build homes.
“Everything’s on the table at this moment,” Adler said Wednesday. “We literally just hired an architect.”
Presbyterian Home of Maryland closed as a nursing facility earlier this year, and the company put it up for sale.
Source: Baltimore County backs out of deal to move workers to Towson Presbyterian Home – Baltimore Sun