Councilman Marks Creates Community Task Force To Examine White Marsh Town Center

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PERRY HALL - Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced the creation of a task force that will handle the future of White Marsh Town Center.

The 15-member committee includes a blend of residents and community leaders, planners, and business owners. It will be chaired by Pat Keller, former head of the Baltimore County Office of Planning and president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.

Patch spoke with Keller about the task force and his vision for the White Marsh Mall. He says there have always been issues regarding development around the mall, and he sees the task force as a way of helping the county make a plan acceptable to residents.

“We thought maybe we could jumpstart something and be of assistance to the county in terms of generating ideas, gathering some basic information, forming a work group, and getting the whole process started.”

In a statement released by David Marks, he said he acted quickly to make plans for the mall and subtly referenced community reactions to the proposed apartment complex at the White Marsh Town Center.

“With the inauguration of the new County Council yesterday, district lines changed, and the White Marsh Town Center has been unified within the Fifth District that I represent,” Councilman Marks commented. “Today, I am acting quickly to create a process for developing a vision for this commercial area. The debate over apartments at the mall, which I inherited, has demonstrated a need to engage the public about what the town center will look like and what infrastructure and community improvements are needed here.”

Councilman Marks is pressing the county to complete a formal study on the town center and hopes that the task force can be the first step in that process.

The task force’s initial meetings will be focused on conversation and gathering community input on what should be done with the space.

Keller believes the task force is a “savvy” group of community representatives.

“It’s a pretty savvy group of people, I would say. You can imagine sitting around a table with 15 people; how much stuff would pop into their mind?”

Members of the task force will include the following:

  • Pat Keller, Chair, Perry Hall Improvement Association
  • Rob Bavar, Bavar Properties Group LLC
  • Bob Bendler, former county planner, Essex Middle River Civic Council
  • Bill Blocher, Red Brick Station
  • Marc Cohen, CFI Management
  • Lisa Geiger, Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Gregory Paszkiewicz, Blakefield Development
  • Kevin Palmer, White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company
  • Heather Patti, White Marsh-Cowenton Community Association
  • Lynn Richardson, Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association
  • Bernadine Seymour, South Perry Hall Improvement Association
  • Josh Sharon, Morris & Ritchie Associates
  • Geoffrey Sharpe, Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Cathy Ward, South Perry Hall Boulevard Improvement Association
  • Peggy Winchester, South Perry Hall Improvement Association

Councilman Marks has asked that the group issue recommendations by the end of February.

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I don't really get the obsession with continuing to develop in this area. Why not focus instead on making the area safe again so people don't feel like it's too dangerous to go there at night? Remember when this used to be a very safe place to go at all hours? Focus on that, not where to develop next.

Focus on doing something about the horrible traffic in this area. Why don't you work on better coordination of these traffic lights so more traffic can move through faster during busy hours?

Just generally, why don't you focus on making what's already there better than it is instead of trying to build more on top of all the existing problems without solving anything? There's a reason this area has been going downhill for the last 10 years and it's staring you in the face once again... but I'm sure that like all the other times, these problems will be ignored and cast aside so you can build more problems on top of more problems like what always happens.

This mindset is destroying this once lovely area. It can be extended to Nottingham/Perry Hall as a whole. You won't stop until we're like the city and all the remaining good people leave will you?

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I occasionally see praise for Marks, but I never see anything around here improving for the people who live here. It's just been a gradual downhill slide, so what does this guy actually do that benefits the residents here? I still can't figure it out... Johnny O too.

Neither one seem to be capable of anything except being unable to solve problems while being great at creating more and generally destroying nice areas which is slowly but surely forcing people to leave. Clearly, Marks and O don't really care about this area at all. I don't know where their motivations are, but they're in the wrong place. Probably in their wallets as you suggested.

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Are you leaders listening? The tax base will leave and all this will close. Quit caving to certain groups of people. You can make it as nice as you want, but if it’s not safe we will leave. It’s time to call out the real problems.

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