Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

August 31, 2006

Hearing set for today on golf course project

A hearing on the Country Club of Maryland's proposal to build houses near its golf course is set for today, with Baltimore County officials saying that the club's revised plans appear to resolve the long-running dispute with neighbors about the project.

Under the revised plan, the club would build 46 homes, grouped in twos, on 13.8 acres. The county would purchase 55 acres of club property for $2 million to use as a park if the club were to stop using its 18-hole golf course along Herring Run, said Donald I. Mohler III, a county spokesman.

The remaining 95 acres of the club's 156 acres could not be developed for at least 25 years under the tentative agreement, he said.

The County Council must approve the expenditure. Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall-Towson Democrat, said he was optimistic that the plan would win the approval of the council, country club members and community leaders who had opposed the project, fearing it would increase traffic congestion and cause school overcrowding and flooding.

"We've been preserving farmland in the county for a long time. This is preserving open space in an established area," Gardina said.

The hearing before the zoning commissioner is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson.

Legislation authorizing the $2 million payment is to be introduced Sept. 18, discussed at the council's Sept. 26 work session and voted on during the Oct. 3 council meeting, Mohler said.

Laura Barnhardt

Brooklandville

Post office opening to be marked

The opening of the Brooklandville post office at its new, larger location on Falls Road will be celebrated today by area residents and elected officials who fought to keep a branch in the area when the lease for the old post office expired at Green Spring Station this summer.

The handicapped-accessible office, at 10807 Falls Road in the Greenspring Professional Office Building, opened July 29 without interrupting service to customers, said Deborah Yackley, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service.

The new post office has 97 parking spaces and 517 rental post office boxes, Yackley said. It is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays.

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin are among the elected officials who plan to attend the celebration at 11 a.m. today at the post office.

Laura Barnhardt

Crime

Police searching for robbery suspect

Baltimore County police are asking for help in finding a man suspected of robbing two east-side convenience stores on four separate occasions in the past two months.

The most recent robbery occurred Aug. 24 at a Royal Farms store in the 8200 block of Eastern Blvd., when the suspect threatened the clerk with what appeared to be a knife, police said.

The suspect robbed the same store Aug. 6 and another Royal Farms store in the 1000 block of Old Eastern Ave. on July 7 and July 15.

Police described the suspect as 20 to 25 years old with short black hair, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing 150 pounds to 170 pounds. He has a tattoo on his right arm, police said.

He wore a baseball cap and dark glasses in three of the four robberies, police said. Surveillance footage from the fourth robbery showed him wearing a black Nike tank top and black shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

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