Marks Provides Updates On Development Projects In Perry Hall


A planning map of the proposed 516-apartment development at the White Marsh Mall. (Credit: Credit: Baltimore County Project Manager John Krach)

PERRY HALL - At a meeting with the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce last week, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks provided updates on several large projects in the Perry Hall area.

Marks (District 4) was joined by fellow council members Mike Ertel (District 6) and Todd Crandell (District 7) at the meeting held at the Perry Hall public library branch.

During the meeting, Marks updated the public on the upcoming senior-restricted community at the Gerst Farm in the Honeygo area. The planned development is marketed to Perry Hall residents 55 and older and will consist of 233 townhouses, a community center, a tennis court, and an amphitheater.

Marks said that after receiving input from the Perry Hall Improvement Association, the project will likely move forward.

“It provides an amenity that’s needed. Twenty-five percent of our population is senior citizen age,” Marks said.

The councilman also touched on the maligned 516 apartment development planned for the former sears site at the White Marsh Mall. The majority of the local community, along with Marks, have expressed their opposition to the development, citing concerns such as increased traffic and overcrowding already at or over-capacity schools.

Marks said that the apartments will “ almost certainly be built” and that “There are other entrepreneurs interested in developing apartments near the mall.”

Marks closed his remarks by discussing a planned development project at the Lafarge Quarry on Earls Road. The county was informed in 2019 that a developer had plans for the site. Marks explained that the proposal is for three warehouses in a mixed-use industrial park. He also noted that “the developer has proposed deeding over 200 acres of open space to the county.” Marks expressed interest in turning that space into a new high school.

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