Councilman Marks proposes to block development at 9 acres near Snyder Lane

Snyder LaneBaltimore County Councilman David Marks on Thursday announced that he would propose to block future development at nine acres of publicly-owned property west of Snyder Lane in Perry Hall.

The mostly-wooded area stretches from the Chapel Manor Apartments south to Gardenia and Ramblebrook Roads.

The publicly-owned parcel is right now zoned at a level that would allow townhouses, apartments, or condominiums.

The new zoning, Neighborhood Commons, would block any future development.

“We are taking steps to preserve a network of green space throughout Perry Hall,” Councilman Marks commented.

The zoning maps will be adopted by the County Council on August 30th.

Men assaulted with tire iron in CVS parking lot

assaultUPDATE: This incident took place in the parking lot of the CVS on Harford Road just above the beltway in Carney, NOT at Carney Village Shopping Center as was initially reported.

You can view video of the incident here.

Original story below…

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Police are investigating after a fight broke out at a local shopping center on Independence Day.

At just after 7 p.m. on July 4th, while two men were in the parking lot of the CVS in the 9300 block of Harford Road, three suspects arrived and began to fight with the victims.

One of the suspects used a tire iron to assault both victims and to shatter their vehicle’s rear window.

The suspects then fled the scene.

Police have not released any additional details at this time.

In response to demand, Brightview Perry Hall expands

BrightView Senior LivingBecause Brightview Perry Hall has quickly become one of the most popular retirement communities in Maryland – and demand continues to increase – construction is now underway on a new, Independent Living wing of the community.

The addition – which includes 63 Independent Living apartment homes – will feature one- and two-bedroom apartment homes as well as amenity and gathering spaces including a bistro-style dining venue with a brick pizza oven, an expanded sports pub, movie theater and game room with pool table, shuffle board and poker table.

“This is our last expansion,” notes Andrew Teeters, Vice President of Development. “Once the campus is complete, it will include the additional Independent Living apartment homes, outdoor recreational areas, open natural spaces and a wooded walking path.”

“It is unmatched in the area,” added Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, “I supported Brightview Perry Hall because I wanted a place where senior citizens from our area could remain close to their families. Brightview Perry Hall has also created jobs for our community and strengthened the nearby shopping center. We are proud to have Brightview in Perry Hall.”

Designed by Baltimore-based architectural team at Hord Coplan Macht, Brightview Perry Hall used nearby historic Perry Hall mansion as its design inspiration and is reminiscent of the Early Georgian architectural style of the mansion, characterized by elegant proportions and loose symmetry along the main façades, gabled dormers, one-story front porches and Greek Doric style columns.

The community, located at 9657 Belair Road, draws people from throughout the region. One reason for its popularity is that no large entrance fees are required, unlike other retirement communities in the area.

Brightview Perry Hall includes Independent Living, Assisted Living and a Wellspring Village® neighborhood dedicated to dementia and Alzheimer’s Care.

BrightView Perry Hall Expansion Rendering

Councilman Marks to support downzoning 254 acres to open space in Seven Courts area

Baltimore CountyOne of the largest zoning issues in the Fifth District affects 445 acres of Perry Hall west of Belair Road, between Pinedale Drive and Northwind Road.

On Tuesday, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced his support to rezone 254 acres of land in this area as Neighborhood Commons, or open space, blocking all development.

Another 125 acres would be limited to “one house per acre,” including the strip of land behind Minte Drive near McDonalds. Seven acres near Gunpowder Falls State Park would receive the restricted zoning found in rural areas of the county. The remaining amount would remain at lower levels of residential zoning.

Councilman Marks is proposing to change a small triangle of land near the McDonalds restaurant to commercial zoning to accommodate the redevelopment of that site. This was discussed at the community meeting held at McDonalds in April.

“These zoning changes will guarantee there is a network of green space throughout the Seven Courts and Northwind Road corridors, dense areas built with few public parks,” Councilman Marks noted. One of the areas that will be downzoned is the Seven Oaks Environmental Conservation Area created in 2012.

Belair Road Open Space