Digest

September 28, 2007

Revenue Authority OKs garage funding

Baltimore County's Revenue Authority board voted yesterday to spend $18.2 million on a new parking garage for Towson Circle III, a private retail development in the county seat.

The authority's board of directors approved funding the 630-space garage, to be built above the $32 million center, by a vote of 3 to 1, with one member abstaining, said George E. Hale, chief executive of the Revenue Authority.

Plans for Towson Circle III, a joint development by Heritage Properties and the Cordish Co., include a 14-screen, 2,200-seat, stadium-style movie theater, 21,500 square feet of restaurant space and 11,000 square feet of retail space, according to county officials. It would be adjacent to the Towson Circle I development anchored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Trader Joe's and Pier 1 Imports, south of the Towson Town Center mall.

As part of the deal, the county would provide $6.2 million to the revenue authority. In exchange, the developer would forgo a 10-year commercial revitalization tax credit valued at $3.2 million. An additional $2 million would come from a state grant, officials said.

The expense must also be approved by the County Council.

Laura Barnhardt

Work accident

Man hurt in conveyor belt incident

A 22-year-old man was seriously injured yesterday when he became trapped in a conveyor belt at a recycling company in Rosedale, Baltimore County fire officials said.

The incident happened about 9 a.m. at Integrity Recycling in the 7900 block of Philadelphia Road. The man was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was being treated, said Donna Welsh, a fire department spokeswoman.

Welsh said she could not name the man, noting patient confidentiality laws. Authorities have alerted the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health program.

Josh Mitchell

Timonium

Fire Expo set tomorrow

Fire Expo 2007, designed to showcase the services provided by Baltimore County's 35 volunteer and 25 career fire companies, will be held tomorrow at the state fairgrounds.

Activities include fire engine rides, helicopter displays, automobile rescue drills, and a rappelling demonstration by the county Fire Department's advanced technical rescue personnel.

As part of this year's theme, "Be A Firefighter," children can participate in firefighting activities, such as squirting fire hoses and trying on fire gear. Those who complete the activities will be eligible to win a ride to school on a fire engine.

Scheduled events also include the dedication of a new Fire Safety House and an electrical safety demonstration by BGE.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium, Information: 410-887-4885.

Trash program

Residents to get new pickup listings

Residents of the Perry Hall, White Marsh, Halethorpe and Arbutus areas will receive new four-year trash and recycling collection schedules in the mail by the end of the month, county officials said.

The new collection schedules include information about Baltimore County's trash and recycling program on the reverse side, which will serve as a reference for information regarding regulations, collection holidays, and materials accepted by the county's recycling program.

Information: 410-887-2000.

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