Developer plans low-cost housing in East Towson

December 17, 1991|By Timothy J. Mullaney

A Baltimore developer is putting together plans to build low-cost housing in East Towson, a historically black neighborhood that Baltimore County has targeted for residential redevelopment.

Struever Brothers, Eccles & Rouse are working on a plan that would call for 36 condominium apartments and 17 town house units, county officials said. But the plans are not yet finished, and no formal plans have been filed for the county's approval.

"Things are so tentative," said Dianna Itter, a community planner for the County Office of Planning and Zoning. "They're still trying to come up with a plan that's ready to be filed."

But zoning officials and managers for the county are enthusiastic about the proposal.

They said it fits well with East Towson's desire to stay residential. The county planning board in October approved a long-term plan for the area that calls for residential redevelopment of East Towson, a small pocket just east of the county seat's business district.

"The sentiment of the community was solidly behind keeping it residential," Ms. Itter said.

Amy Johanson, housing development coordinator for the county's community development department, said the county wants to help the project but hasn't yet decided what it will do.

She said that federal block grant funds that the county receives annually could be used to subsidize the units, but emphasized that the county hasn't yet made any decisions.

The homes would be offered for sale, not for rent.

Ms. Itter said the land is between East Joppa Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.

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