Developer drops plans for Joppa Road child care center

News AlertThe developer of a planned child care center has backed off of the proposal.

Councilman David Marks, who strongly opposed the plan, released the following statement on Wednesday morning:

“I have just been informed that the developer of the proposed day care center at Joppa Road and Kahl Avenue has dropped plans for the project. There will be no hearing on September 25th (2019-0025-XA).

“I would like to thank all those who expressed their opinion about this proposal. I agreed that this was an inappropriate location, and I have encouraged the developer to look elsewhere.

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“The zoning here is DR 1H, or one house per acre, which is as low as allowed for residential development. I initiated the downzoning here in 2016.”

The proposal, submitted on behalf of Joppa Road Daycare LLC, included 56 parking spaces , with 24-foot entrances off of Kahl Avenue and Joppa Road.

State designates Essex as Maryland Sustainable Community

Maryland Sustainable CommunitiesEssex is now qualified to apply for State funding for projects leading to increased economic, transportation and housing choices, and environmental improvements.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded Essex the designation of Maryland Sustainable Community, based on an application submitted in April by the Baltimore County Department of Planning, the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force, and the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

“We are pleased that the State has recognized the tremendous potential in the Essex community and the Eastern Boulevard business corridor,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “The County’s Department of Planning has worked with each community to help identify unique opportunities for enhancing the health, housing, small business climate, and quality of life in these areas.”

Working in collaboration with the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force and the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, the Baltimore County Department of Planning identified Essex as an area in need of revitalization and developed a comprehensive strategy to encourage and guide local investment. The newly designated Sustainable Community now will refine these strategies and submit applications to the State requesting funding for specific projects.

“I want to thank the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force, a Chamber committee, for the outstanding work they already have done to organize, plan and implement improvements to this area,” said Chesapeake Gateway Chamber President Jaime Alvarez. “The Task Force consists of outstanding business people who live and work in this community and are committed to making a difference.”

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Cliff O’Connell of Cliff’s Hi-Tech Body Shop commented about how well Baltimore County’s Department of Planning and the Maryland DHCD worked together and with the Task Force to maneuver through the application process. Sam Weaver of Weaver’s Marine Service added, “We want to thank the professionals in both departments for their guidance and help. This designation will make a big difference as we work toward revitalizing the Essex business district.” O’Connell and Weaver serve as Co-Chairmen of the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force.

The Maryland Sustainable Community program focuses on partnerships to support revitalization and reinvestment in older communities. The Sustainable Community designation, which lasts five years, opens eligibility for state programs and resources, such as Neighborhood BusinessWorks, Community Legacy, and the Strategic Demolition Fund.

“This is excellent news and now is an ideal time to focus on the Essex area and provide revitalization efforts that will benefit the area as a whole,” said 7th District Councilman Todd Crandell.

“Essex is perfectly positioned for strategic reinvestment that will help maximize the area’s wonderful amenities like prime water access, great communities and wonderful schools and parks,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.

The Essex Sustainable Community Area includes approximately 4,233 acres, including a mix of residential communities and the Eastern Boulevard Commercial Corridor extending from the Back River Bridge to just over the Middle River Bridge abutting the Lockheed Martin property. The boundaries of the area were determined using the 2010 Census Tracts combined with various County overlays including the Essex Commercial Revitalization District and the Essex Design Review Panel area.

These areas have been specifically targeted for revitalization efforts. Recently there have been major investments on the east side of the County including Tradepoint Atlantic and Baltimore Crossroads. These projects, although still under construction, are adding major investment, infrastructure and jobs to the area. The Essex Sustainable Community area lies between both of these key projects.

Middle River property owner fined $74K for junk removal

FinedCouncilwoman Cathy Bevins announced on Tuesday that Baltimore County had billed the owner of the Federal Depot, located at 2800 Eastern Boulevard in Middle River, $74,089.53 for the costs associated with removing junk, trash, and debris from the property including piles of disposed tires and boats.

“The owner of the Depot must be held accountable for allowing this property to fall into a state of derelict,” said Councilwoman Bevins. “After hearing from community groups and residents about the poor state of the Depot, I took action to clean it up by initiating a code enforcement complaint against the property.”

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Councilwoman Bevins’ office initiated a code complaint last summer for the removal of the disposed tires and boats. The Baltimore County Office of Code Enforcement issued a citation and a $6,000 fine.

A Hearing was held on September 20, 2017 where Managing Administrative Law Judge Lawrence Stahl upheld the $6,000 fine but suspended $5,250.

Judge Stahl also gave the owner 60 days to remove the tires and debris. After the owner failed to comply with that order the $5,250 suspended fine was re-imposed on the property.

Thunderstorm Watch, Flash Flood Watch issued for Nottingham area

National Weather ServiceWith the exception of Thursday, the wet week in the Nottingham area will continue on Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch as well as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Nottingham and the surrounding communities.

The watches go until 10 p.m. this evening and include the possibility of ping-pong-ball-sized hail, scattered wind gusts up to 65MPH, and frequent lightning.

The Susquehanna River has already crested, but floating debris will remain a danger for boaters for days to come.  Those on the water should keep their speeds down and wear a life vest.

Motorists should use caution throughout the evening.

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Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company’s new station now open

Kingsville Volnteer Fire Company New StationOver the weekend, a local fire company moved into its new station.

The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company announced on Sunday that its new station was up and running.

“To say it has been a busy 48 hours would be an understatement,” said station officials. “Saturday began our official ‘move in date’ for our new home. All of our items placed in storage, in the temporary trailers, and in the temporary housing trailers had to be relocated to the new building. This had to be accomplished while answering numerous emergency calls and weather that didn’t exactly hold up as we planned. None the less, our members pulled thru as always and got the job done.”

The renovation had been ongoing for over a year.

The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company got its start by operating out of a barn in 1954.

Today, it boasts over 100 members.