Is Perry Hall's main commercial area looking a little shabby? Do you have ideas for polishing up the community's image?
The first meeting to discuss ways to improve and beautify Downtown Perry Hall is planned for 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the library of Perry Hall Elementary School, County Councilman David Marks announced Thursday. If the school is closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed.
Marks created a Downtown Perry Hall Beautification Committee earlier this month to focus on the area surrounding Belair, Ebenezer and Joppa roads. Anyone interested in participating in the committee may attend the meeting, email Marks' office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-887-3384. The Downtown Perry Hall Facebook page will also provide updates.
"We should have more landscaping, trees and community landmarks in Downtown Perry Hall, and as the holidays draw nearer, a display that showcases Perry Hall's spirit, just like Towson and Parkville have decorations," Marks stated in a release. "For anyone who wants a more attractive Downtown Perry Hall, this is a great opportunity to get involved."
The Perry Hall Improvement Association, the Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association and business owners are expected to join in the effort, Marks said.
The committee will focus on an area including Perry Hall's commercial revitalization district, a zone designated by Marks and other public officials for economic assistance. Approved in May 2011, businesses in the zone are eligible for special financing, free design services and other forms of county assistance.
Since August 2012, new structures in the zone are also subject to the Baltimore County Design Review Panel, which includes architects and engineers.
What changes would you like to see in Perry Hall's appearance? Share your suggestions in the comments.