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In an angry session, County Council narrowly approves sale of old Towson fire station property

April 16, 2018 UPDATE: At a meeting that turned into a shouting match, the Baltimore County Council on Monday evening approved the sale of the 4.6-acre site at York Road and Bosley Avenue to Caves Valley Partners.

Moments before the vote, Councilman Wade Kach said he had received a copy of an email between a county employee and a Caves Valley attorney from last year in which they discussed which trees the developer wanted removed from the site. The trees were later cut down at taxpayer expense despite the fact that the site was to be sold “as is” and the county council had passed a resolution saying the trees could not be removed.

However, the other council members were nonplussed by the news.

“I don’t think there was any issue at all or question as to who removed the trees and why,” replied Council Chairman Julian Jones. “It had to do with a change in the price and a negotiation that took place. We’re not going to get into all that.”

At a council meeting in April 2017 — two days after the trees had been cleared — there was a testy exchange between Councilman David Marks and Fred Homan, the chief administrative officer for the Kevin Kamenetz administration. Marks said he was upset that neither he nor anyone else had been notified that the trees were to be taken down.

Read full article: In an angry session, County Council narrowly approves sale of old Towson fire station property

Divided Baltimore County Council approves reduced price for Towson property sale – Baltimore Sun

A divided Baltimore County Council voted Monday to sell a controversial county-owned property to a private developer at a steeply discounted price.

Under the deal, Towson-based Caves Valley Partners will buy a parcel at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue for $6.9 million — although the company will only directly pay about $5 million as part of the complex contract. That’s significantly lower than the original purchase price of $8.3 million.

The vote was 4-3 — a rare split for the council — with council members Vicki Almond, Todd Crandell and Wade Kach voting against the revised contract.Council Chairman Julian Jones and council members Cathy Bevins, David Marks and Tom Quirk voted in favor of the revised contract.

Read full article: Divided Baltimore County Council approves reduced price for Towson property sale – Baltimore Sun

Council to vote today on large price reduction for Caves Valley’s purchase of York-Bosley property

The Baltimore County Council is set to vote Monday, April 16, on whether to approve a lower price for the land it’s selling at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue. Approval, which is expected, means the controversy over the fate of the site is almost at an end.

Yet some observers still have concerns about the deal, including:

  • What they see as confusing and illogical assumptions made by the county to justify giving developer Caves Valley Partners a multi-million-dollar discount on the land
  • The removal of an underground tank last week despite the fact that the amended contract with Caves Valley says the tank was only to be removed at the county’s expense after all approvals have been given

For the past several years there have been protests, op-eds, pleas to council members, and heated community meetings in opposition to the original plan to sell the site — the former Towson fire station — and allow in its place a Royal Farms gas station and strip mall. But now that a deal has been reached to replace the gas station with a different type of business — likely a drive-through bank or a drive-through Chick-fil-A — even some people who have qualms about the new deal are wary of speaking up.

That’s because Caves Valley negotiated an agreement with the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA) last year that says the developer won’t put a gas station on the site — but only if the County Council approves a new purchase price that is acceptable to the developer, and if all necessary approvals for the project are granted. (The GTCCA was not involved in negotiating the actual purchase price.)

Read full article: Council to vote today on large price reduction for Caves Valley’s purchase of York-Bosley property

Baltimore County Council to discuss revised deal to sell site that sparked ‘tree-gate,’ Royal Farms debates – Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore County Council will discuss at a work session on Tuesday whether to lower the sale price for a county-owned property in Towson that’s the site of a controversial redevelopment plan.

The property at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue had housed a fire station and public works facility, but County Executive Kevin Kamenetz decided to put it up for sale in 2012.

The winning bid was from Towson-based developer Caves Valley Partners, which offered $8.3 million to buy the land and turn it into a commercial development with one-story retail shops and a Royal Farms gas station and convenience store.

After years of protest from neighbors, Caves Valley agreed to drop the convenience store and gas station but sought to renegotiate the sale price.

The Kamenetz administration is proposing to lower the sale price from $8.3 million to $6.9 million. But Caves Valley actually would pay about $5 million; the company is agreeing to waive future tax credits it would be eligible for that would be worth $1.9 million.

Read full article: Baltimore County Council to discuss revised deal to sell site that sparked ‘tree-gate,’ Royal Farms debates – Baltimore Sun

Towson University gives county grant to police unruly students this spring – Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County police will be stepping up neighborhood patrols in Towson on the weekends, thanks to a grant from Towson University meant to help stem trouble from rowdy students.

“It’s important to us to work with our partner neighborhoods,” said Jana Varwig, associate vice president for student development programs and services.

The grant paid county police about $27,000 last year over two semesters to assign extra officers to the neighborhoods surrounding Towson University on Thursdays through Saturday nights, Varwig said, saying the grant can vary from year to year.

Its goal is to reduce noise and vandalism as students come back from bars and parties, Varwig said.The initiative is one of multiple ways the university is attempting to make peace between its students and the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

“We try to remind our students that they’re living in a community with people with a variety of different lifestyles,” she said. “They may be up at 2 a.m., but the rest of us will not be.”

For at least 10 years, the university has given police the grant for the fall semester, traditionally a busier time for parties, Varwig said.

Capt. Jan Brown, of the Towson Precinct, requested this year that the program be expanded into the spring for the second year after hearing community complaints.

Many incidents happen while students walk back to their dorms from the bars in downtown Towson through residential neighborhoods, he said.

Read full article: Towson University gives county grant to police unruly students this spring – Baltimore Sun