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.