BREAKING: Three restaurants near agreement to locate at Government Center site; amphitheater removed from plan, fireworks to continue
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:41


   On Wednesday morning, just after the print edition of The Eagle went to press, the Baltimore County government issued a press release stating that Vanguard Development LLC, developer of the North Point Government Center site, is close to securing commitments from three well-known national restaurant chains to locate in the planned retail center at the site.      
    According to the press release, Vanguard is in the process of negotiating letters of intent with Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and the Five Guys hamburger chain, and attorneys are in the process of formalizing the agreements.
  
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Vanguard set to hold Merritt Pavilion PUD meeting on Aug. 28
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:36

Staab obtains renderings of latest Vanguard proposal

 by Ben Boehl

    The community will finally get its input meeting for the Merritt Pavilion planned unit development (PUD). The meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Dundalk High School from 6 to 9 p.m.
    Former state legislator and Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks director Bob Staab obtained the latest renderings of Vanguard Development’s plan for the site from a resident of Church Road and shared the diagrams with The Eagle  this week.
    “I’ve been involved with Rec and Parks for over 40 years, and I’m having trouble understanding [the latest proposal],” Staab said.
    Staab told The Eagle that, as he interprets the renderings, the latest plan shows one baseball diamond, one soccer field and possibly a smaller soccer field.
    He said the community is willing to compromise with Vanguard, but contended that Vanguard is not following the conditions set out in the request for proposals (RFP) issued by the county, which sets requirements for development at the Government Center site.
    He pointed to conditions of the RFP that require the developer to keep multiple ballfields and stated that the March 2014 proposal showed Vanguard planning four baseball diamonds and two soccer fields.
   

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Police seek white pickup truck in fatal August 9 hit-and-run
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:29
    Baltimore County Police have released a description of the vehicle believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on Aug. 9.
    The police are looking for a late model Dodge Ram pickup truck, white or off-white in color, with front end damage.
    Investigators believe the truck sustained damage to its front grill, which is plastic and chrome-colored.
    The truck should also be missing chips of paint from the front.
  
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Future of discontinued Dundalk Avenue bus stop remains unclear
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:34
 by Nicole Rodman

    A decision regarding the now-discontinued northbound bus stop at Dundalk Avenue and North Center Place may be imminent.
    According to Paul Shepard, MTA deputy chief public information officer, the fate of the stop should be announced in the fall.
    In a statement to The Eagle last week, Shepard indicated that the MTA continues to work on a resolution to the issue.
    “The Maryland Transit Administration seeks to deliver quality service to all of its customers,” he explained. “So in the matter of the temporarily discontinued bus stop at Dundalk Avenue and North Center Place, we continue to work with elected officials and local stakeholders to find a remedy,” he continued, adding, “We expect a decision to be reached in the fall of 2014.”
    The stop, which serves the number 10 and 20 bus lines, was temporarily discontinued in February amid complaints from nearby residents and businesses.
    Among the complaints lodged were allegations of public urination, trash accumulation, drug use, drunkenness, fighting and use of offensive language at the stop.
    In the aftermath of the discontinuation, the MTA sought public input on whether or not the stop should be closed permanently.
    Shepard indicated that this input would be taken into account when a decision was made.
   
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Slate of Battle of North Point bicentennial activities set
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:18
    The Battle of North Point Bicentennial celebration, sponsored by the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, at Fort Howard Park and on Monday, Sept. 8, at Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Road.   
    The celebration begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Howard Park with an assembly of  troops, a flag ceremony and the singing of the National Anthem.
    Prior to the assembly of troops on Sunday, an inspirational service to pay tribute to the Americans who died at the Battle of North Point begins at 9:30 a.m.  
    American and British military camps of the War of 1812 era will open to the public at 10:15 a.m. and craft, toy and game demonstrations start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Both activities continue throughout the day. 
    Junior militia induction and drill ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
  
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