The Baltimore County Council on Feb. 9 was expected to consider a bill by Councilman David Marks aimed at easing parking limitations at what is currently Towson Circle.
Marks’ bill would revise the front, rear and side yard setback requirements, the floor area ratio requirements and the building height requirements for “certain buildings” in the current CT (Commercial, Towson Core) zoning district. Marks said he introduced the bill mainly to help Retail Properties of America Inc., which owns and plans to redevelop Towson Circle, a property now anchored by Trader Joe’s, Pier 1 Imports and Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Retail Properties of America, an Illinois-based, shopping center-oriented real estate investment trust purchased Towson Circle in 2004. It now plans to add a 400-unit apartment tower and hotel. The property sits near the traffic circle at what was once the site of a Hutzler’s department store.
Source: Bill would ease parking standards for Towson Circle property – Baltimore Sun
Two state legislators are filing bond bills to help Baltimore County buy property owned by Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses, in Towson, for use as a county park.
Meanwhile, community leaders and environmental activists are stepping up pressure on the county to acquire the land, including testifying and holding signs of support at a County Council meeting on Monday night.
State Sen. James Brochin said last week he filed a bill in the General Assembly seeking up to $200,000 “at the request of the community,” and that the legislation would require matching funds from the county or the community. Brochin’s bill authorizes a state loan called the Radebaugh Park Loan of 2016, and the issuance and sale of bonds.
Brochin’s bill stipulates that the money would be used as a grant to the county executive’s office and the County Council. Turning the site into open space is important in “land-locked” Towson because, “To have another park and another place for parents to play with their kids doesn’t come up every day,” he said.
Del. Steve Lafferty said Monday he has requested that a similar bill be crossed-filed in the House of Delegates.
Source: State legislators seek Radebaugh bond bill – Baltimore Sun