Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

August 17, 2007

Evacuated residents return to complex

Residents who were evacuated from their apartments in the Virginia Towers complex in Towson were able to return yesterday.

About 150 senior and disabled residents who live in the 15-story high-rise were evacuated Wednesday morning after firefighters detected carbon monoxide in some parts of the building. An underground electrical cable burned - for reasons unknown - and caused the odorless, dangerous gas to seep into the complex, fire officials said.

The damaged cable was replaced, and power was restored about 10 p.m. Wednesday, said Baltimore Gas and Electric spokeswoman Linda Foy.

By about noon yesterday, all the residents had been helped back to their apartments, according to a representative with Bayview Management LLC. About 95 residents spent the night in hotel rooms. Others stayed with relatives, said Tammy Gonzalez, the company account representative.

Foy said that BGE has started to examine the damaged cable in an effort to determine what caused it to burn.

Laura Barnhardt

Pikesville

Grant to aid building renovation

A vacant office building in Pikesville will become the first to be renovated using public money as part of an initiative to renew commercial buildings in the area, Baltimore County officials announced yesterday.

The county government has approved a grant for JSJ Properties LLC to upgrade a half-century-old building in the 1000 block of Reisterstown Road. The building once housed a Chinese restaurant but has been vacant for seven years, largely because its aging facade has discouraged potential tenants, said Fronda Cohen, a spokeswoman for the county economic development department.

The amount of the grant, which will be used to redesign the front of the building, could not be released until JSJ Properties completed its purchase of the building, Cohen said.

The money will come from the $1 million Pikesville Redevelopment Fund, which has been set aside to provide loans, guarantees, tax credits and grants for the rehabilitation of buildings in the Pikesville Revitalization Commercial District.

Josh Mitchell

Countywide

Kids from PAL going to O's game

Children from the Baltimore County Police Athletic League will take in an Orioles game next week.

The youngsters will receive game tickets, bus transportation to and from the game, a hot dog and a beverage, an Orioles cap and a T-shirt, police said. The OriolesREACH program will host 100 county children and their chaperones at the game Thursday.

Free PAL membership is open to county residents ages 8 to 17. Information: http:--www.baltimorecountymd. gov/Agencies/police/community/pal/index.html or 410-887-5892.

White Hall

Work to shut Wiseburg Road segment

A section of a road in the White Hall area of northern Baltimore County will be closed during the day on weekdays for nearly five weeks to allow work crews to address storm water problems, county public works officials said.

Wiseburg Road will be closed just east of Bernoudy Road between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays from Monday through Sept. 21, officials said. Traffic will be detoured to Bernoudy, Big Falls, Kings and White Hall roads.

The closure will allow crews to proceed with a $96,000 project to replace a collapsed drainpipe and add pipes and storm drain inlets to address road flooding, officials said.

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