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Towson’s peaceful approach – Baltimore Sun

One year ago, the Baltimore County Council approved a pilot program to hold landlords in six neighborhoods surrounding Towson University accountable when their tenants host “unruly social gatherings.” Some property owners weren’t initially happy with the proposal — landlords of disruptive renters could face citations costing hundreds of dollars and requiring tens of hours of community service if problems became chronic — but they eventually supported the measure.

Today, that looks like a good call. Since the law went into effect, complaints about disruptive parties in neighborhoods like Towson Manor Village and Burkleigh Square are down substantially — last August, for example, there were just three compared to 21 the year before, according to Towson University. Baltimore County police and the state’s attorney see signs of improvement as well. Under the circumstances, it’s no surprise that other nearby communities including Riderwood Hills, Loch Raven Village and Rodgers Forge want to join the list and the County Council is likely to approve the expansion later this month.

That sounds like a good idea. Landlords in those neighborhoods may not be wild about this new obligation (just as there was opposition to the pilot program a year ago), but it hardly seems beyond the pale to hold them accountable under the circumstances. That law already gives landlords the benefit of the doubt — tenants must be penalized first; landlords get a warning on first offenses. But it’s also a matter of property owners looking out for their own interests as disruptive tenants are likely to be damaging the property as well.

Source: Towson’s peaceful approach – Baltimore Sun

New buyers interested in Presbyterian Home property in Towson – Baltimore Sun

Developer Caves Valley Partners has abandoned a controversial proposal to purchase the former Presbyterian Home of Maryland building in Towson for use as office space.

Arthur Adler, a partner with Caves Valley, said the Towson-based company canceled the deal during a “study period” that had been part of a contract for purchase.

In May, the Presbyterian Home of Maryland nursing home announced that it was leaving the building on Georgia Court near the heart of Towson after nearly 90 years of operation there and putting the land and building up for sale.

Caves Valley made an offer to buy the property and struck a tentative agreement with Baltimore County government to lease the space for government workers.

“We do office space, and we thought it would be cool office space,” Adler said.

But that idea came under fire from some neighbors who were concerned about traffic and other issues related to potential office use. Additionally, some wanted the property preserved because of its local history as the Bosley Mansion, the mid-1800s home of a prominent early Towson family.

Source: New buyers interested in Presbyterian Home property in Towson – Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Co. council members want to expand crackdown on college parties – Baltimore Sun

A year after passing a bill to crack down on what some call out-of-control parties in neighborhoods near Towson University, some Baltimore County Council members want to expand the area covered by the law.

The pilot program enacted in 2016 aims to hold accountable not only students, but their landlords — who face fines and can lose their rental licenses if their tenants commit repeated offenses.

Now, supporters say the law is working and they want to expand to more neighborhoods in the Towson area. Some landlords, meanwhile, feel the ordinance unfairly holds them responsible for the actions of others.

A bill proposed by council members David Marks, Cathy Bevins and Wade Kach would expand the so-called “social host” ordinance to cover The Penthouse condominiums, Riderwood Hills, Towson Park, Knettishall, Loch Raven Village and Rodgers Forge. The bill will be discussed at a work session Feb. 14, with a vote scheduled for Feb. 21.

Seven neighborhoods east of York Road — as well as neighborhoods near the University of Maryland, Baltimore County — were part of the pilot program.

Source: Baltimore Co. council members want to expand crackdown on college parties – Baltimore Sun

Time to ban ‘pay to play’ in Baltimore County – Baltimore Sun

\Recent coverage of state Sen. Jim Brochin’s bill to eliminate the perception of “pay to play” in Baltimore County has raised some important issues (“Brochin proposes ban on developer contributions in Baltimore County,” Jan. 16).

First and most surprising is that rather than support this effort, many in government are reacting negatively.

For what seems like an eternity, the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations and other responsible organizations have been struggling to have a voice in the development of Baltimore County, especially in the Towson area. GTCCA remains involved in a legal case involving the 101 York development.

In order for those representing the interests of homeowners and citizens to be truly free of corporate influence it seems eminently logical to restrict financial contributions from those who stand to most directly impact the quality of life for residents of Baltimore County, namely land developers and land use corporations.

Source: Time to ban ‘pay to play’ in Baltimore County – Baltimore Sun

Council members propose expanding reach of law to deter loud parties near Towson University – Baltimore Sun

Three Towson-area County Councilmembers introduced legislation Jan. 17 to expand a county pilot program designed to discourage unruly parties in neighborhoods near Towson University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The bill seeks to add to the program parts of West Towson, Knettishall, Loch Raven Village and Rodgers Forge. The program currently applies to seven neighborhoods east of York Road: Aigburth Manor, Burkleigh Square, Knollwood-Donnybrook, Overbrook, Towson Manor Village, Wiltondale and part of northeast Towson. It also applies to a part of Arbutus, near the UMBC campus.

The Social Host Unruly Social Gatherings pilot program, which the council passed in January 2016, carries penalties for any gathering of four or more people in a home in designated areas near the universities if the gathering includes conduct that disturbs the peace. The measure holds tenants and landlords accountable for the violations.

Source: Council members propose expanding reach of law to deter loud parties near Towson University – Baltimore Sun