Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

January 31, 2007

Methadone clinic opens in Dundalk

A private methadone clinic has opened in Dundalk, with a state license to treat 30 patients with the synthetic narcotic prescribed to people addicted to heroin and some painkillers, state and county officials said yesterday.

The clinic, on North Point Road near North Point Boulevard, is the second private methadone facility to open in Baltimore County, where officials have tried to keep drug treatment clinics from locating near neighborhoods.

The county is appealing a federal court ruling that a 2002 county law forbidding state-licensed medical facilities from opening within 750 feet of homes violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The county law was created in the wake of plans by a private methadone clinic to open near a residential area in Pikesville. That clinic, A Helping Hand, remains open.

The Dundalk clinic is located near the Wells-McComas neighborhood and residents have expressed concerns about parking and other potential problems such as noise. Like Pikesville community leaders, Dundalk activists have argued that methadone clinics should be located on hospital campuses, not in neighborhoods.

The clinic, BD Health Care Services, opened Dec. 18, the operators confirmed in an e-mail yesterday. They could not be reached by phone last night.

The clinic received a provisional, six-month license from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Nov. 30, allowing it to treat 30 outpatients, said John Hammond, a spokesman for the agency.

The license expires at the end of May, he said.

Laura Barnhardt

Edgemere

County seeks to buy 19.4 acres

The Baltimore County government has agreed to buy 19.4 acres from a developer for parkland near Sparrows Point High School in Edgemere.

The plan needs approval from the County Council, which is expected to vote Monday.

The government would pay Joppa Forest Development $900,000 for 19.4 acres between North Point Road and Chesapeake Avenue.

The highest of two independent appraisers valued the land at $770,000, but the county accepted the developer's counter-offer of $900,000.

Towson

Town plan to be distributed

The 44-page plan for Towson's future, created by community leaders and an urban design assistance team, will be distributed during a ceremony tomorrow night.

The book form of the plan, which was created during a weeklong marathon of meetings in June, contains the suggestions by the team and a list of priorities, such as creating design standards for building facades in downtown Towson.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. at the former Borders bookstore in Towson Commons. The address is 415 York Road.

Information: 410-887-2483.

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