Last January, former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman paid a visit to Tim Bojanowski’s small social media marketing company, Zest Social Media Solutions, in downtown Towson. Bojanowski is also the vice president of the Towson Chamber of Commerce.
Ulman was visiting Bojanowski on a paid mission for Towson University to gather information to help the university connect the campus with the broader community surrounding the state school. Indeed, over the previous three months Ulman had spent much time in Towson on that mission, visiting business leaders, politicians and community members.
As the pair looked out over downtown Towson from Bojanowski’s business on the fourth floor of an office building on Chesapeake Avenue, they talked about how to encourage a successful business climate in Towson. One of the subjects they discussed was whether Towson could benefit from a food amenity similar to the nearby Belvedere Square Market, just south of the Baltimore City line that includes a variety of restaurants.
Ulman posed the questions: “Where do we do that?” “Should we do it here?”
Ulman asked those and many other such questions about Towson’s future on behalf of Towson University officials, who hired his consulting firm, Margrave Strategies, last fall to assist them in discovering how the university can form a stronger partnership with the surrounding community that, at the same time, will help to ensure the university’s continued growth.
Read full article: Towson University seeks to improve downtown through stronger bonds with neighbors – Baltimore Sun
The developer that proposes to build a Royal Farms gas station and convenience store on roughly six acres in north Towson — a plan that has sparked the opposition of some neighboring residents — will host a community input meeting on the project May 8, according to county officials.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, at 6501 N. Charles St., in Towson.
The meeting will be conducted by officials of the Towson-based developer, Caves Valley Partners, which has proposed building a 5,166-square-foot convenience store and fueling station and two one-story retail/restaurant buildings at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue, according to plans Caves Valley officials have submitted to the county.
The process the development plan must undergo before county officials vote on whether to approve it includes the community input meeting, among other steps, Baltimore County spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said.
Source: Community input meeting set for proposed Royal Farms in Towson – Baltimore Sun
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Caves Valley Partners has set May 8 as the date for its next community-input meeting on its proposed Royal Farms gas station at York Road and Bosley Avenue.
The meeting is on track to be especially heated thanks to the fact that Baltimore County hired a contractor to chop down 30 trees on the site — including seven large, mature trees — despite the fact that a county resolution said the trees should remain if possible, and the county’s own rules would have required Caves Valley to get a variance if it wanted to remove the trees.
Read full article: Date set for input meeting on Royal Farms at York, Bosley – Towson Flyer
Towson University plans to convert an off-campus Marriott hotel it owns into a dorm next year in hopes easing a shortage of student housing at the growing institution.
University President Kim Schatzel announced the hotel conversion project Thursday during her spring address on campus.
The Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel is at York Road and Burke Avenue, just north of the main campus. Marriott operates the hotel under a contract that expires in June 2018.
“This conversion is a much better fiscal alternative for the university than continuing the property as a hotel and will allow us to better leverage this asset and its prime location for the betterment of our students and their success,” Schatzel said.
Once the Marriott contract expires, the university will switch the hotel to “apartment-style” housing that will be available to students starting that fall, officials said.
Read full article: Towson University to convert hotel to student housing – Baltimore Sun