The Baltimore County Council kept alive a developer’s plan to transform an old county fire station in Towson into a new development on Monday, by tabling a measure that likely would have killed it.
Towson-based Caves Valley Partners has a contract to buy the 5.8-acre property from the county for $8.3 million and has proposed building a Royal Farms gas station and retail center.
After months of community opposition, Councilman David Marks, a Republican who represents Towson, proposed scaling back support for the project by banning gas pumps as part of the project.But other members of the council voted to table Marks’ resolution, saying they hope to convince Caves Valley to come up with a new plan.
“All parties are looking for a win-win solution for the community, a win-win solution for Royal Farms, a win-win solution for Caves Valley, and I think there is a way to go forward,” said Council Chairman Tom Quirk, a Democrat who engineered the move after what he said were weeks of discussions with Caves Valley, Royal Farms and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Dozens of Towson residents filled the council chambers in hopes of seeing the council strike a blow to the project, known as Towson Station.
Instead, learning the project might live on, they marched out of the council chambers, with many people booing.
“You’re a major disappointment! All of you!” one woman shouted. Another woman yelled: “You are corrupt.”