Establishing a special tax district in central Towson to pay for enhanced maintenance, cleanup and landscaping — all designed to improve the aesthetics of the evolving downtown — was an emerging theme at a Wednesday night community forum.
More than 50 residents and business owners met at Goucher College to discuss ways to spruce up the area, with some residents complaining about unkempt businesses.
Mike Ertel, the president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, which represents neighborhood groups, showed pictures of piles of leaves on a York Road sidewalk and a trash dumpster occupying parking spaces — examples of what he said are issues with basic maintenance.
“I think we are consistently seeing some of the restaurant and bars doing a bad job” maintaining the areas around their properties, he said.
Source: Special tax district suggested for parts of downtown Towson – Baltimore Sun
As a new 6,614-square-foot, two-story addition has risen at 14 Aigburth Road in Towson, so has contention among neighbors in the Aigburth Manor community.
During the summer, Robin Zoll watched the structure rise next to her house at 16 Aigburth Road. She wants the 14 Aigburth addition torn down and says it should have never been built; she and other neighbors say that while its owner contends that the addition is being built for use as a residence, the building will be used as a religious center for some members of the Jewish community at Towson University and Goucher College, as an existing building on the property is already used.
The Chabad of Towson and Goucher has operated from the property for eight years, from a home on the lot, and its neighbors have tolerated the use without complaints, Zoll and other residents of the neighborhood said. But the expansion could bring noise and decrease available parking in the neighborhood, Aigburth Manor Association President Paul Hartman said.
The addition, which will cost roughly $550,000 in materials and labor, according to its building permit, is also out of character with other homes, neighbors argue.When the property’s owners submitted a building permit for the addition April 19, that permit specified that it was for use as a private residence only.
The addition is being built 53 feet from the road, according to plans filed with Baltimore County. That’s much closer to the street than neighboring homes, including hers, Zoll said. Zoll’s house is 35 feet high, while the addition will be 47 feet high, according to county records. And while those standards don’t break zoning rules for residences, they do break rules for properties with non-residential uses, neighbors argue.
Source: Aigburth Road project raises question: Is it a house or religious building? – Baltimore Sun
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Thursday released his state transportation priorities, and the Towson area was not among them.
“As we have seen before, the County Executive failed to present a single solution to the transportation problems in Towson, the area his administration has aggressively promoted for growth,” said Councilman David Marks, who represents the Towson area. “Every transportation advancement over the past six years — bike lanes, planning for a circulator — came because the state government took a leadership role when the county government did not.”
Kamenetz focused on mass transit needs in the western part of the county, as well as on roads in mainly in White Marsh, Sparrows Point and Owings Mills.
In a letter to state Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn earlier this month, Marks asked that the state look at, among other things, the intersection of York Road and Burke Avenue and the intersection of Loch Raven Boulevard and Joppa Road. York and Loch Raven are both state roads.
Source: Marks slams Kamenetz for lack of traffic improvements in Towson – Towson Flyer
This year’s major fundraiser “Bags, Baskets & Bites Bingo!” co-sponsored by the First Lutheran Church Towson (FLC) will be held at the church, 40 E. Burke Avenue in Towson, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), Saturday, October 22. Beer and wine can be carried in.
The fundraiser supports the Assistance Center of Towson Churches’ mission to provide emergency food, financial aid and other help for people in our local communities who are struggling with hunger and other issues related to poverty.