Councilman Marks strongly opposes child care center near Joppa Road and Honeygo Elementary School

David MarksUPDATE: The developer has dropped plans for the proposed child care center – details here.

Original story below…


Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Friday his strong opposition to a 10,000-square foot child care center proposed on East Joppa Road near the new Honeygo Elementary School.

The proposal, submitted on behalf of Joppa Road Daycare LLC, includes 56 parking spaces , with 24-foot entrances off Kahl Avenue and Joppa Road. The site is at 4805 East Joppa Road, as the road slopes downward toward Honeygo Elementary School.

Councilman Marks downzoned the property to its lowest residential development level, DR 1, in 2016. That level allows for one house per acre. The developer is seeking a special exception that allows for more intense development.


“I downzoned this property in 2016 specifically because of the delicate traffic situation near Honeygo Elementary School,” Councilman Marks said. “In fact, we downzoned almost all the property west of Honeygo Boulevard to either open space or one house per acre. This proposal, submitted with no notice to my office or surrounding community organizations, ignores the spirit of my zoning change. It is out of character with the surrounding neighborhood and will worsen traffic, particularly since parents will be picking up or dropping kids around the same time as Honeygo Elementary School.”

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25th at 1:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the Jefferson Building, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue in Towson.

“The county charter precludes me as a legislator from testifying in an executive branch hearing,” Councilman Marks concluded. ” I want residents to know that I wholeheartedly oppose this change and hope residents make their opinion known, one way or the other.”

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Councilman Marks: Double-T Diner to reopen in September

Double T DinerA local landmark is preparing to reopen its doors.

The Double-T Diner in Perry Hall has been closed since June of last year, when plans were made to roll the diner to its new location so that a CVS store could be built at the corner of Joppa Road and Belair Road.

Now, Councilman David Marks says the diner could reopen in September.


This weekend, Councilman Marks met with co-owner John Korologos and manager Mark Elsaid,who said the Double-T Diner would likely reopen later this month.

New paint and other improvements have been made to the diner, whose move was fully funded by CVS.

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County Exec. Don Mohler to Join BCPS Superintendent Verletta White for first day of school visits

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsBaltimore County Executive Don Mohler and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Verletta White will visit with new and returning students, teachers and administrators at the following schools on the first day of classes…

Where and When: (all times are approximate)


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Honeygo Elementary School (9:15 a.m.)
4816 E. Joppa Road, Perry Hall 21128

Victory Villa Elementary School (10:20 a.m.)
500 Compass Road, Middle River 21220

Holabird Middle School (11:25 a.m.)
1701 Delvale Avenue, Dundalk 21222

Lansdowne Elementary School (12:25 p.m.)
2301 Alma Road, Lansdowne 21227

Milford Mill Academy (1:25 p.m.)
3800 Washington Avenue, Arbutus 21244

Carney Quick Stop robbed, Nottingham apartment burglarized

Police LightsPolice are investigating a robbery and a burglary that were reported last week.

Sometime between 5 p.m. on Monday, August 13, and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, an individual broke into an apartment on Whitelaw Place (21236) at The Pointe in White Marsh.  The suspect entered via a rear window and stole a purse, shoes, and a computer tablet.

At just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, three armed individuals robbed the Quick Stop Food Mart, located in the 3300-block of E. Joppa Road in Carney (21234).  The suspects stole cash and cigarettes, then fled the scene.

Two Joppa Road businesses burglarized, have windows smashed in

burglaryPolice say two businesses along Joppa Road were burglarized and had their windows smashed in over the weekend.

Sometime between 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, and 7:20 a.m. on Monday, May 7, an individual entered the China Wok, located in the 1800 block of E. Joppa Road (21234), by smashing the front door glass. Once inside, the suspect stole cash and then fled the scene.

During this same time period, the same individual entered the Kitchen of India, also in the 1800 block of E. Joppa Road (21234), by smashing the front door glass. Once inside, the suspect stole cash and a cash register and then fled the scene.