Ribbon-cutting held at Honeygo Elementary School [VIDEO]

Honeygo Elementary School Ribbon Cutting It’s official.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday morning at Honeygo Elementary School, the area’s first new school in over 25 years.

Honeygo Elementary School Principal Charlene Behnke was joined by Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White, Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler, Councilman David Marks, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, BCPS Board Member Julie Henn, and many other elected officials.

“Congratulations to the students, educators, and staff, and thank you to all who made this possible,” said Councilman Marks.

The $49 million school, which opened to students in September, is a state-of-the-art learning environment designed to increase northeast area capacity with 725 new seats.

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Two additional schools will open in the northeast in the next several years, and money has also been allocated to plan for high schools.

Honeygo Elementary School is located at 4816 Joppa Road in Perry Hall (21128).

Renovations planned at aging Perry Hall Square Shopping Center

Perry Hall SquareBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Wednesday that the 54-year-old Perry Hall Square Shopping Center would be renovated, bringing a new look to one of the oldest commercial areas in northeastern Baltimore County.

“In 2011, I sponsored legislation that created the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district, and since that time we made great progress in this part of Baltimore County,” said Councilman Marks. “The derelict Regester Square shopping center was demolished, and new trees and landscaping have been planted. I am delighted by the upcoming improvements at Perry Hall Square, the first renovations since the early 1990s.”

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“We are excited by the upcoming improvements at the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center,” said Mark Arena, president of ARC Realty. “These changes will enhance Perry Hall’s commercial area and provide a more appealing look for patrons and employees alike.”

ARC Realty will invest at least $2 million into the shopping center.

Marks said that renderings of the improvements should be available later this month.

Councilman Marks receives award from land preservation group

David Marks Green Jacket AwardBaltimore County Councilman David Marks has received the Green Jacket Award from NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, a non-profit organization that protects green space in some of the jurisdiction’s most urbanized areas.

NeighborSpace of Baltimore County presented the award at a ceremony on Sunday, September 30, at Adelaide Bentley Park in east Towson.

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Eight parks have advanced in the Fifth District since 2010, including two created in partnership with NeighborSpace: Adelaide Bentley Park and Ridgely Manor Park in the Loch Raven area.

Councilman Marks also passed legislation that created Neighborhood Commons zoning to protect undeveloped properties.

“I am honored to received this award from NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, which includes so many outstanding volunteers who have worked to protect our green spaces,” said Councilman Marks. “Open space enhances our communities, boosting property values and providing a peace of mind for all residents. I look forward to working with NeighborSpace to expand our green network in Baltimore County.”

Bank robbery reported in Perry Hall

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Image via Twitter

A bank was robbed in Perry Hall on Thursday.

The robbery was reported at the BB&T branch located at the intersection of Belair Road and Ebenezer Road at just before noon.

There has been no suspect description released.

“Regarding today’s robbery at the Perry Hall branch of BB&T,” tweeted Councilman David Marks, “the White Marsh police captain informs me there were no injuries and there is currently an active investigation.”

Councilman Marks: Fitness center planned at Fullerton Plaza

fullerton-plazaCouncilman David Marks announced on Tuesday that further improvements are planned at Fullerton Plaza, as the owner plans to incorporate a 34,000 square foot fitness center into the renovated shopping center.

Plans call for a reconfiguration of the southern parking area.

Additionally, a sidewalk will be extended from Fitch Avenue to the proposed shopping area.

Kimco Realty is working with a national fitness company to co-anchor the shopping center, along with Weis Market.

Further details will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

“The redevelopment of the aging Fullerton Plaza has been a milestone for this part of the Belair Road corridor,” said Councilman Marks. “I want to thank Kimco Realty for their work and look forward to further improvements.”