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Councilman Marks creates task force to begin drafting vision for White Marsh Town Center

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WHITE MARSH, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks on Tuesday announced the creation of a task force that will set a vision for the White Marsh Town Center.

The 15-member committee includes a blend of residents and community leaders, planners, and business owners. It will be chaired by Pat Keller, former head of the Baltimore County Office of Planning and president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.

“With the inauguration of the new County Council yesterday, district lines changed and the White Marsh Town Center has been unified within the Fifth District that I represent,” said Councilman Marks. “Today, I am acting quickly to create a process for developing a vision for this commercial area. The debate over apartments at the mall, which I inherited, has demonstrated a need to engage the public about what the town center will look like and what infrastructure and community improvements are needed here.”

Members of the task force will include the following:

  • Pat Keller, Chair, Perry Hall Improvement Association
  • Rob Bavar, Bavar Properties Group LLC
  • Bob Bendler, former county planner, Essex Middle River Civic Council
  • Bill Blocher, Red Brick Station
  • Marc Cohen, CFI Management
  • Lisa Geiger, Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Gregory Paszkiewicz, Blakefield Development
  • Kevin Palmer, White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company
  • Heather Patti, White Marsh-Cowenton Community Association
  • Lynn Richardson, Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association
  • Bernadine Seymour, South Perry Hall Improvement Association
  • Josh Sharon, Morris & Ritchie Associates
  • Geoffrey Sharpe, Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Cathy Ward, South Perry Hall Boulevard Improvement Association
  • Peggy Winchester, South Perry Hall Improvement Association

Councilman Marks has continued to press for a formal county study, like the one underway at Security Square Mall. This task force will hopefully set the stage for that effort.

“We look forward to a robust discussion that ultimately leads to a formal, professional study,” Pat Keller added. “Until then, we will be discussing what can be done to build upon the success of places like The Avenue and strengthen the entire commercial area.”

Councilman Marks has asked that the group issue recommendations by the end of February.

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