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Towson residents give mixed reviews for Bosley Mansion redevelopment – Baltimore Sun

Residents of Towson’s Southland Hills community gave a mixed assessment Tuesday of plans to turn the historic Bosley Mansion in the heart of their neighborhood into luxury condominiums.

The mansion, built more than 150 years ago, sits at the center of a complex that for generations served as the Presbyterian Home of Maryland until it closed in 2016.

The assisted living center is proposing to sell the property to developers who plan to convert it to 45 condominiums to be called Bosley Estates.

Georgia Chantiles-Ruby, who lives across the street from the mansion, told members of the Baltimore County Council that the renovations would result in an “out-of-character housing product” that wouldn’t fit with the historic homes in the neighborhood.

Others raised concerns that the project would bring an influx of traffic to narrow neighborhood streets, exacerbate parking problems and alter the views from residents’ homes.

Read full article: Towson residents give mixed reviews for Bosley Mansion redevelopment – Baltimore Sun

Bill would allow tattoo shops in downtown Towson with some exceptions – Baltimore Sun

Grant Aikin, a full-time member of the National Guard, in Towson, and Deirdre Aikin, a tattoo artist, live to the east of Towson in Baltimore’s Hamilton neighborhood.

For more than 27 years, Deirdre Aikin has worked at tattoo shops in Baltimore and elsewhere along the East Coast because Baltimore County zoning regulations do not allow her to open her own shop closer to home.

Though the couple lives in the city neighborhood in a home purchased while Deirdre Aikin was in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art, they spend the bulk of their time in Towson, eating lunch downtown almost daily and doing most of their shopping in Towson malls and grocery stores with friends who live in Towson, she said.

The couple plans to move to Towson when Grant Aikin retires, but for the past six years Deirdre Aikin has worked at a shop in Washington, D.C.

“I love those guys [in D.C.] but I’m getting old and it’s time for me to do my own thing,” 47-year-old Deirdre Aikin said. “I would love to be in an area that’s my home.”

Under the Baltimore County Code, tattoo or body-piercing establishments are restricted to areas zoned industrial, meaning for purposes such as manufacturing, along with other adult stores, like massage parlors and adult entertainment businesses.

A bill introduced Feb. 5 by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, a Republican who represents Towson, seeks to amend the code, allowing the Aikins to open up shop in a loft-like space, zoned business major, on the west side of York Road on the second floor of the Wells Fargo building, at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Read full article: Bill would allow tattoo shops in downtown Towson with some exceptions – Baltimore Sun

After Royal Farms hearing snafu, Quirk proposes rules for online public notice – Baltimore Sun

In the aftermath of a December hearing on an Edmondson Avenue Royal Farms project that community members said they did not hear about until too late, County Councilman Tom Quirk is proposing a fix.

A bill expected to be introduced Monday would strengthen the requirement that zoning variance hearings be posted on the county’s website and mandate that if hearing notices are not posted properly, the administrative law judge cannot consider a petition for a variance.

“In today’s day and age, with the technology we have, there’s simply no excuse why people shouldn’t have notice on everything,” Quirk said.

Notices, the bill says, must be posted on the Zoning and Development Hearings calendar and on the Community Update Newsletter page, at least 15 days before the hearing.

Quirk said he believes the bill should gain wide support in the County Council.

“I think every council member, in today’s day and age, the last thing we want to hear from anyone is a feeling that something’s being done behind closed doors, or something’s being done for the wrong reasons,” Quirk said.

Read full article: After Royal Farms hearing snafu, Quirk proposes rules for online public notice – Baltimore Sun

Bike share rides into Towson with rollout on university campuses – Baltimore Sun

Towson University and Goucher College students have a new option for getting around campus that some residents of neighboring communities hope will relieve some parking congestion in greater Towson.

San Francisco-based Spin held soft launches of its bike-sharing program at both universities last week. The pilots are meant to gauge ridership before a potential expansion in the spring, according to company officials.

About 100 of the company’s dock-less, bright-orange bicycles were distributed throughout Towson University’s campus on the first day of spring semester. Another 30 were placed around Goucher College.

The institutions’ bike share company of choice works differently from companies such as Baltimore Bike Share by allowing users to return bikes anywhere, rather than at designated stations.

To ride, users search for an available bike through the Spin app, which uses GPS trackers to locate nearby bikes. The system uses a cellphone application to both lock and unlock bicycles at the user’s destination of choice, according to Pamela Mooney, Towson University’s director of parking and transportation.

“I thought we’d be slower on people using it, but the first day they were out there people were using them,” Mooney said.

Read full article: Bike share rides into Towson with rollout on university campuses – Baltimore Sun

Deal reached: No gas at York and Bosley, but purchase price unclear

After years of fighting, community leaders and developers have signed an agreement that allows the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue to be developed without a gas station.

And although the two sides have reached an agreement on the future of the old fire station property, there are still many variables — including a lower purchase price — that could derail the negotiated plan.

The agreement, signed by representatives of Caves Valley Partners and the Greater Towson Committee of Community Associations earlier this month, has wording that:

  • includes a binding land covenant that prohibits a gas station at the site for 25 years
  • prohibits a 24-hour business from locating at what would have been the Royal Farms gas station, unless it is a medical clinic — although the other buildings at the site don’t have the 24-hour prohibition
  • prohibits many fast-food chains from locating at the site, although a Chick-fil-A would be allowed*

*One version of the agreement would have prohibited virtually all fast-food chains, including Chick-fil-A, but the developers struck that restaurant from the list.

Read full article: Deal reached: No gas at York and Bosley, but purchase price unclear