City Council Approves Overlook Development in North Roland Park
In a 6-0 vote, Baltimore City’s Land Use and Transportation Committee approved plans to construct a $40 million, 148-unit apartment complex at 1190 W. Northern Parkway. The development, named The Overlook at Roland Park, has been subject to controversy in recent months, as both residents and commuters expressed their concerns over the development’s potential impact on the already congested traffic patterns, especially at the Falls Road and Northern Parkway intersection. Many residents have argued that approval of the Overlook development reverses city efforts to ease congestion on Roland Park’s aging infrastructure and threatens local property values.
Valorie LaCour, chief of transportation planning for the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, defended the city’s support for the development, arguing the development will provide the department an opportunity to initiate a thorough renovation of the affected intersection to address traffic issues. If granted final approval, the development is slated to break ground sometime next year.
Towson Author Captures Father’s Experience as Baltimore Firefighter in New Book
As a child, Towson native Rachel Hennick was riveted by her father’s stories of working as a Baltimore city firefighter and paramedic. Decades later, Rachel has turned those childhood tales into a memoir, “Ghetto Medic: A Father in the ‘Hood.” The memoir reflects over nine years of interviews and research Rachel did to get a better picture of what, for the longest time, were just riveting “bedtime stories” from her father. Tracing her father’s 30-year career as a city firefighter and paramedic, the book relates many harrowing close encounters both with dangerous blazes and with the crime and poverty he saw in certain areas of the city.
According to bookstore manager and buyer Nancy Russell, the book satisfies a growing demand for local stories.
“There’s an interest for books, especially local interest books, in firefighting and policing,” she says. “Anything with a local connection does really well.”
Task Force assessing Connection of Green Spaces Along Herring Run
The numerous parks and green spaces that border the shores of Towson’s Herring Run may soon be home to an interconnected trail system under the consideration of Baltimore County and several neighborhood associations. A task force, appointed by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, is exploring ways to link up the creekside parks in a way that preserves the creek’s environmental integrity and the privacy of bordering neighborhoods. Heering Run, whose headwaters begin near Towson High School and flow through southeast Baltimore County, has long been dotted by various natural pebble trails that supporters believe could form the basis of a scenic county trail route that would benefit local communities.
According to Marks, “It’s a substantial amount of undeveloped property that really provides peace of mind for many communities.”
If plans are approved, they will complement additional Herring Run efforts that began in 2016 to preserve what Marks believes is a “jewel of Eastern Towson.”
McDonogh Track Star Gains International Recognition
For a while now, McDonogh junior Dalton Hengst has been nationally known as a talented runner. He regularly receives invitations from Boston to North Carolina to compete in various track meets. However, he recently had the opportunity to take his talents abroad, traveling to Havana, Cuba to take part in the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational as a member of the Team National Scholastic Athletics Foundation. The invitation followed an impressive spring season for McDonogh as Hengst brought home first place in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship.
Before the race, he expressed his excitement, saying, “I just want to get over there and get ready to compete and also to enjoy the experience.”
In Havana, he placed first in the 1,500 meters, beating his nearest American opponent by nearly 15 seconds. According to Hengst, he hopes to be in more international competitions in the future, saying, “Hopefully this is the first of many.”
Considering his performance in Havana, he’s certainly off to an excellent start.
Towson’s Bosley Mansion Sold to Local Developers
The historic Bosley Mansion was recently sold to two local developers with a long track record of preservation work. After nearly 90 years operating the mansion as a nursing home, the Presbyterian Home of Maryland announced it was selling the 70,000-square-foot landmark located on Georgia Court near the heart of Towson. Bosley Estates LLC, a partnership between Martin Azola and Delbert Adams, is on track to finalize the purchase of the property later this summer. Azola, whose company Azola Inc., has renovated several locations in the Towson area, including the Old Towson Jail property from 1854, says the use of the property following the purchase is still being debated.
His partner, Adams, whose firm is responsible for the renovation of the historic Washington Monument in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, said that he hopes to have a clear direction of development in the near future.
“Hopefully within a period of time we’ll have more clarity with what we’re going to do,” Adams said. “It’s a fantastic piece of property and a fabulous building in the heart of Towson, and it deserves to have a rebirth and new life.”
Baltimore Native Receives T. Rodney Crowley Jr. Scholarship
Baltimore native Chase Campbell, a member of Gilman School’s Class of 2014, has received University of Virginia’s prestigious T. Rodney Crowley Jr. Scholarship. The award, given to an accomplished student who demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship, character and integrity, provides tuition, room and board for the recipient’s senior year. Campbell, a rising fourth year, is an economics major, English minor and a varsity defenseman for the university’s lacrosse team. In addition, he is the current president of Student-Athletes Committed to Honor, a student group that seeks to foster a relationship between the school’s athletic community and its honor system. He is also a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and T.I.L.K.A., a social and philanthropic UVA honorary society.