Save Our Fire Station
The Baltimore County Executive intends to sell the land parcel located at the intersection of York Road and Bosley Avenue, which currently houses the Towson Fire Station. In turn, the county plans to convert the site and erect a mega 20-pump gas station and adjoining convenience store. Although the land is not currently zoned for this type of planned unit development, the county is aggressively pursuing the sale.
The Baltimore County Council is scheduled to conduct a work session on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at 2:00 pm ET, in which they will discuss and gather input regarding the proposed sale in preparation for the County Council vote expected to be cast on Monday, December 2, 2013 to approve or deny the sale.
We, the undersigned, are adamantly opposed to the County Executive’s proposal to sell the parcel of county (and tax payer) owned land and develop retail, mixed-use space. In addition, we the undersigned are unable to attend the County Council’s work session on November 26, 2013, because the day and time create a conflict with work schedules and commitments. In lieu of attendance at the Council’s meeting we, the undersigned, insist the County Council Members vote “no” against the plan to sell the county land at the intersection of York Road and Bosley Avenue for the following reasons:
· The intersection is currently overly-congested, failing, and dangerous.
· The County has failed to offer the results of any form of traffic study to show that the addition of retail space would not negatively impact traffic in the area.
· Studies prove that convenience stores are real and frequent targets of robberies, many times by armed offenders.
· Building a mega gas station and convenience store in West Towson adds absolutely no value to our community or residents.
· The development deal for the gas station and convenience store is only projected to generate $26,125 in annual property tax revenue, which is not fiscally responsible, lucrative, or community-friendly.