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Towson Manor Residents To Rally Against New Firehouse

County officials has identified Towson Manor Park as a potential site for the fire station.

Towson Manor Village residents are planning to protest the possible contruction of a fire station at a nearby community park during a Thursday afternoon rally. 

After much speculation, the county confirmed in a news release Tuesday that Towson Manor Park, which sits on Towsontown Boulevard between East Towson and Towson Green, has been identified as a prospective site for the new station. The current one, located at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue, will be sold.

In an email, Towson Manor resident Megan Saunders shared that community members are staging a protest against the fire station construction at Towson Manor Park on Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Protestors are meeting at 4 p.m.

"Essentially our viewpoint is that it's disappointing that our park is still in consideration," said Saunders, a mother of four who has resided at Towson Manor for more than 11 years. "It's the only green space we have."

County officials are also intending to sell the Randallstown Police Substation and North Point Government Center in Dundalk.

According to the news release, funds from the sales of these buildings will first cover the costs of replacement facilities, and the remainder will benefit school capital improvement projects.

 


Further Reading:

County Executive Reportedly Eyeing Alternate Locations for New Firehouse

Firehouse For Air Conditioning Deal Burns Some

Lafferty: County Should Find Alternate Site for New Fire Station

Melody McSweeney December 12, 2012 at 01:50 PM
WHERE is Towson Manor?
Nayana Davis December 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Sorry, I've updated the story to give a clearer idea of where the park is located.
Raymond Saunders December 12, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Worth noting that the current fire station property does not HAVE to be sold - this would be a choice the county's elected officials would be consciously making. My understanding is that the 7 County Council members would have to vote to approve.
K Blue December 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Repurposing this park for a new fire station is neither creative nor innovative in my view, but rather short-sighted. The individuals checking properties in this administration need to look at the properties and parking facility on Ware Avenue and the parking facility near the Circuit Court. From prior articles, I understand that both of these are the least profitable of Towson's garages and at least one of them is nearing the end of its useful life according to a January quote by the Chief Administrative Officer. With the upcoming construction of the Towson Circle III/Towson Square underground garage, the Ware Avenue garage may become both unnecessary and unprofitable. The Revenue Authority built the Towson District Court and funded the expansion of the Towson library so they have the statutory authority to build a new fire station if they so chose. The Revenue Authority also oversees 5 public golf courses in this County. If funds are so tight, I dont know why there isnt any publicized talk about one or more of those properties being on the table for sale to fund both the new fire house and the air conditioning. As between golf courses, fire stations, public schools and public parks, golf courses where people pay to play should come last.
Kevin December 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I do not think this will fly. This park was 20 years in the making and has only been around about 10-15 years. Councilman David Marks has now said numerous times that he opposes using the park for the fire station. Marks instructed Kamenentz to contact certain persons in the area neighborhood associations to discuss. The county executive dropped the ball. Give Mr. Marks tons of credit for knowing his constituents. Yet it's strange how we don't see his good work highlighted, from the Hillen Road improvements to the cleanup from the York Road eye-sores, both of which essentially bookend Towson Manor. He is easily the hardest working member of this Council. I'd like to thank him for representing Towson so well. I look forward to seeing David Marks act for the people he knows so well.

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