Residents Express Concerns Over New 516 Apartment Development In White Marsh
WHITE MARSH - On Tuesday night, Baltimore County residents gathered to discuss a proposed 516-unit apartment building adjacent to the White Marsh Mall.
The overwhelming attitude of the meeting was against the proposal, with many residents citing concerns such as increased traffic and school overcrowding.
Peggy Winchester, President of the South Perry Hall Blvd Improvement Association, said Honeygo boulevard is already over-congested.
"Some of our concerns are the traffic. If you try to get on Honeygo Boulevard after 4:00, you have to wait half an hour to go five blocks. If you have somebody going into high school, they have to go to a school that's 110% overcrowded," Winchester said.
The planned building would be separate from but adjacent to the mall, built on the old Sears lot. The four-story building will feature around 516 units and is projected to bring approximately 1,600 more people to the area.
Other residents expressed concerns about the lack of communication between planners and the community. Carla Nealy of Nottingham said she only heard about the proposal last week.
"I don't remember any correspondence about it before hearing about it last week. I'm concerned about density, I'm concerned about traffic, and I don't remember there being much additional infrastructure, and there's been quite a lot of building over the last five years," Nealy said.
The concerns expressed on Tuesday may have influenced the project. The property managers said residents would receive more opportunities to express their opinions before everything is finalized.
The developers have one year to submit final plans containing all necessary information and timelines to Baltimore County. The county will make these plans available to the public once received.