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Lafferty: County Should Find Alternate Site for New Fire Station

County officials are reportedly considering constructing a new fire station at Towson Manor Park.

Editor's Note: The following is a letter from Del. Steve Lafferty, who represents Towson, regarding the proposed construction of a fire station at Towson Manor Park. Community members have expressed outrage over building the station on top of one of Towson's few open spaces. County officials have declined to comment on the project.

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County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed to sell the Towson Fire Station located at York Road and Bosley Avenue in order to raise money. He has stated that these funds would be used to build a new fire station and to help fund air conditioning at Dumbarton Middle School.  

I applaud the County Executive for finding creative ways to fund projects. And, yes, Dumbarton badly needs air conditioning and the fire station is very old and needs replacing. However, the cost to the community is too great because part of his solution is to build a new fire station on park land!  

Yes, that is right. The County Executive proposes to build a new fire station on the community park on Towsontown Boulevard that abuts and serves Towson Manor Village and is across the street from the historic East Towson neighborhood. This is one of the few parks in Towson. It is used by residents and for a range of community activities. It is an asset for these neighborhoods, for the new residents of Towson Greens and for the Towson community.

I asked the County Executive to reconsider his decision or, at least, delay his plans, for selling the station. He has indicated he plans to go ahead with the sale and relocating the station to the park while he looks at alternatives. I strongly recommend that, if he is intent on selling at this time, his best alternative is the underutilized gravel parking lot on Chesapeake and Bosley and not the park.

No proposal for sale should go forward until an alternative location is found. And, no park land should be taken to build a fire station in Towson.

 

Further Reading:

County Executive Reportedly Eyeing Alternate Locations for New Firehouse

Firehouse For Air Conditioning Deal Burns Some


Emily December 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
The county mentioned there will be a new parking garage, what about a multi-use facility? There could be a fire station on the ground floor with parking in the upper levels with the entrance on the opposite side of the fire station. Let's get some more creative solutions out there, and save the park!
Raymond Saunders December 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Yes! let's have some creativity that doesn't involve eliminating a park!
Judy Ford December 12, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I live in Towson Manor Village, I don't want a noisy fire station so close to where I live. It should stay as it is, so the kids have a place to play. I lived here when I was a kid, the park wasn't there then. I would have loved it, we didn't have place to play. It's important that it stays there.
Nicole K. December 14, 2012 at 08:30 AM
Thank you, Delegate, and also to Senator Brochin, as both of you have been vocal on this issue. Where are our other elected officials?? This park is not the best place for a fire station and should be saved. While the County Executive says the park will be replaced with a new one, where would that be? Would Towson Manor residents be able to walk to it and enjoy it as much? I'm doubtful. Thanks to those who are working to SAVE the PARK!
Kamenetz Is Doing A Great Job December 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Gee, you said last May that this park is crime infested! Fire Kevin Kamenetz 2:07 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012 I am starting to think that the police need to station someone at the TMV park every night. We have heard "rumors" of drug dealing and now an attempted rape. How many more crimes happen there each day unnoticed?

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