July 2017 Around Town

New Developer 
Introduced to Stalled Towson Row Project

Owings Mills-based Greenberg Gibbons recently joined Caves Valley Partners (CVP) as co-developer on the stalled $350 million Towson Row project, a mixed-use development in downtown Towson. Originally announced by CVP in 2013, the project was expected by many at the time to be transformational for Towson. However, the project was derailed in 2015 when solid rock was discovered under the surface, and the design, which originally included an underground parking garage, had to be revised. Once completed, the 1.2 million-square-foot development will include over 100,000 square feet of retail space, 150,000 square feet of Class A office space, 250 luxury residential units, 300 student housing units and a hotel. Construction on the project is expected to resume in late 2017.

Four Goucher College Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Four Goucher College students were named finalists for this year’s Fulbright Scholarship Program by the United States Department of State. Class of 2017 students Litza Jimenez, Sabrina Jimenez and Isaiah Zukowski as well as Conor Snow of the class of 2015, were each chosen for the prestigious honor due to their outstanding academic work at Goucher during their undergraduate careers. Sponsored by the State Department, the Fulbright Scholarship Program is the department’s flagship international student program and provides approximately 8,000 scholarships to students and academics across the country on an annual basis to promote greater cultural and political understanding around the globe. While Goucher students have been awarded Fulbrights in the past, this year’s four set a record for the most received in a single year.

Towson Graduate Wins 
Walter Cronkite Award

Towson University Class of 2007 graduate Brian Stelter was recently awarded the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for his work as host of “Reliable Sources,” a Sunday morning talk show on CNN. Awarded biennially since 2001, the Walter Cronkite Award is given to journalists who provide meaningful coverage of the nation’s political landscape. According to Stelter, his recent success is indicative of the experience he gained during his formative years studying journalism at Towson.

“To me, there’s such a straight line from being at Towson, working on the school paper, being in my journalism classes, to me being at CNN,” he says. “All the things I was picking up at school are directly connected to what I’m doing now.”

Debate Over Lake Roland 
Development Continues

Plans to redevelop 40,000 square feet on the western section of Lake Roland have continued to foster community debate since the announcement of the project last year. The development, located in the Bare Hills region of Falls Road, would add up to 140 apartments buffeting the edge of the park while renovating the current commercial lots to accommodate new businesses. The plans have drawn concern from residents who worry the development may cause greater traffic congestion, have a negative environmental impact and intrude on the serene nature of Lake Roland.

Leonard Weinberg II, the principal at Vanguard Retail Development who is heading the project, hopes further discussion and debate will allay fears, saying that his company is “very aware of the importance of the park … and that is why we want to make a great project.”

Discussion will likely continue up until October 2018, when construction is slated to begin.

Two Maryland Students Named Presidential Scholars

Last month, two Maryland students were awarded the prestigious United States Scholar Award. Tingyu Li, of Ellicott City, a senior at Centennial High School, and Timonium’s Matthew H. Kleiser, who attends the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, were both named scholars by the United States Department of Education. The recipients of the national award, which has been presented by the Department of Education since 1964, are determined by applying a wide range of criteria including exceptional SAT or ACT scores and evidence of strong general academic performance, as well as records of community service, leadership and artistic expression.