Local developer Greenberg Gibbons Commercial plans a “major refurbishment’ of The Shops at Kenilworth after purchasing a stake in the Towson mall last month, the firm’s CEO said.
With its location just off the Interstate 695 Beltway between Charles Street and York Road, extensive free parking and an upscale clientele for its some 30 stores, Brian Gibbons, CEO and chairman of the board at Greenberg Gibbons, calls the mall a “hidden gem.”
“I look at Kenilworth as a specialty center as opposed to a mall. We can make it really special. It’s got a lot of history,” Gibbons said. “Towson is a challenge with traffic and parking. We want this to be a treasure with great parking that’s an easy in-and-out.”
Over the next six to eight months, plans will be developed to improve Kenilworth, Gibbons said.
via New stakeholder plans modernization for Shops at Kenilworth – baltimoresun.com.
The new public parking rates and hours instituted in Towson two months ago are already being revised. Baltimore County Revenue Authority’s July 1 changes affected the nearly 4,800 parking spaces the quasi-government agency oversees.
The reason for the revisions is a matter of opinion.
Kenneth Mills Jr., CEO of the Revenue Authority, said he always planned to look at the situation post-changes to make sure they had the desired effect, notably to maximize parking spaces and to avoid gridlock.
But on Aug. 12, State Sen. James Brochin, Del. Stephen Lafferty Councilman David Marks, all of whom represent Towson, sent a letter to county officials requesting revisions to what they called “radical changes” to Towson parking.
via Recent Towson changes to parking policies revised – baltimoresun.com.
Baltimore County has listened to “spokes-persons” who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway.
Cyclists joined County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for an inaugural trip around the network, which loops around central Towson, passing Towson’s shopping district, government center, two universities, Towson High School and numerous residential neighborhoods.
“Towson is dense enough, it’s walkable enough that you shouldn’t have to drive from [Towson] university to the Towson Marketplace,” said Nate Evans, executive director of Bike Maryland.
via Towson Bike Beltway officially open to riders – baltimoresun.com.
Richard William Parsons, a retired Baltimore County librarian who also spent nearly 50 years as a residential advocate for Towson, died of cancer Monday at his Woodbine Avenue home. He was 87.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he was the son of Thomas Parsons, a commandant of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Laura Lyons, a homemaker. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Slavic languages at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and had a master’s degree in library science from McGill University. As a young librarian, he drove, often in sub-zero temperatures, in a bookmobile converted from a Toronto transit bus. He also worked summers for the Hudson’s Bay Company.
He became a staff member in the Brooklyn, N.Y., public library system, where he met his future wife, Jane Wallace Amos. While in New York, Mr. Parsons immersed himself in classical music and attended performances at the old Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall.
He joined the Baltimore County Public Library in 1962 and held the post of coordinator of adult services. A Baltimore Sun article published at his arrival said that the library was then “hopelessly overcrowded” and experiencing growing pains.
via Richard W. Parsons, Baltimore County librarian – baltimoresun.com.
Town-gown friction — that is, conflicts between universities and the surrounding community — are as old as universities themselves. Student revelry, often fueled by alcohol, is not so fun for working folks who have to cope with late night noise, vandalism, public urination and the like.
Suburban neighbors of Towson University, the largest college in the Baltimore area with more than 22,000 students, had long regarded those halls of academe with antagonism, thinking TU had been holding itself blameless if drunken students living off campus had, for example, vomited on their lawn.
via Town-gown partnership best way to confront alcohol abuse at TU [Editorial] – baltimoresun.com.