Breaking: New owners for Sparrows Point; environmental agreement reached
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:51
 by Nicole Rodman

    Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that Sparrows Point Terminal, LLC. would become the new owners of the former Sparrows Point steel mill property.
    The site was previously owned by liquidator Hilco Industrial and redeveloper Environmental Liability Transfer (ELT). The two companies purchased the mill site for $72 million in August 2012.
    The new ownership group is led by Hanover, Md.-based Redwood Capital Investments.
    News broke last month that the local investment company was in talks to purchase the site.
    Sparrows Point Terminal, LLC. has reached an agreement with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the cleanup and redevelopment of the peninsula.
    The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) issued a press release stating that it and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have reached agreement with the new owners on a framework for cleanup of the site.
State Senate candidates working out details of two-debate proposal
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:58
 by Ben Boehl

    It is rare for a candidate regarded as a front-runner to seek out debates; such events are traditionally regarded as benefitting challengers, who are most in need of exposure.
    Thus, it is a bit of a surprise that Del. John Olszewski Jr. wants to get together with his two opponents in the state Senate race for a debate.
    The Democratic delegate is on the ballot for the vacant 6th District Senate seat along with Republican Johnny Ray Salling and unaffiliated candidate Scott Collier.
    Olszewski recently sent an e-mail to Salling, Collier and members of the local media to propose two debates. One would be slated for Wednesday, Sept. 24 at CCBC Dundalk at 6:30 p.m. and the other debate would take place on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at CCBC Essex.
    “[T]he people of the 6th Legislative District deserve an open discussion about the state-wide issues that we are facing as a community,” Olszewski said in the e-mail. “An open exchange of these ideas, along with the qualifications of the individuals seeking office and their respective ability to impact change, should be an important part of this campaign season.
    “Moreover, voters deserve the opportunity to see the candidates side by side as they make their decision about whom they will support on Nov. 4.”
Housing Fair to offer resources for homebuyers, owners and renters
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:51

Fair to be held at Dundalk/Sollers Point High on Sept. 27

 by Nicole Rodman

    The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC) wants to help you find your next home in Dundalk.
    The DRC will provide information on home buying, renting and renovation during the first Dundalk Housing Fair and Neighborhood Tours event at Dundalk/Sollers Point Technical High School on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The free event will include more than 40 exhibitors, including real estate agents, home builders, lending professionals and renovation experts.
    Attendees will also get the chance to attend 16 workshops on a variety of topics. Workshops will discuss the home buying process, first-time home buyer programs and grants, understanding your credit score, tenant rights and home renovation.
     Consumer Credit Counseling Service of MD & DE, Inc. will also be on hand to offer one-on-one credit counseling.
    Narrated neighborhood bus tours, with stops at homes for sale, will also be offered.
    Attendees will also learn about $5,000 grants available to individuals buying homes in Dundalk.
    Eligible buyers must purchase a home in the 21222 ZIP code and reside in it for at least five years.
    Additional eligibility requirements include completion of a county-approved homebuyer education course and earning an income above 80 percent of the area median income for the Baltimore region.

Mobile residents angry at effects of pumping station project
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:53

Residents complain of dirt, odor

 by Ben Boehl

    Baltimore County announced in April the construction of a private sewage pumping station on the grounds of the Dundalk Mobile Home Court.
    As far as residents of the mobile home court are concerned, the whole thing stinks.
    The new pumping station was built to divert effluent from failing septic systems serving about 100 homes in the area and prevent it from entering Bullneck Creek.
    However, residents of the mobile home court said they have paid a heavy price during the construction of this project.
    Several residents, who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, pointed out that the road was torn up to gain access to the sewer line. That led to a giant dirt hill in the back of the court, which has the smell of raw sewage.
    Residents said that rain and heavy winds cause the dirt to pass through the community with a strong odor.
    “Everytime it gets wet or is humid outside, you can smell it,” said one resident.         “There are elderly people that are afraid to come outside. It is a health hazard.”
    Another resident said the adverse condition of the road has caused flat tires and  that vehicles using the road cause dirt to become airborne.

Ross’ Crab House still vacant two years after fire
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:45
 by Ben Boehl

    It has been over  two years since a two-alarm fire gutted Ross’ Crab House on North Point Road. The Baltimore County Fire Department reported that the fire spread to three floors of the building and caused heavy damage on Sept. 2, 2012.
    Two years later, the building remains in the same condition and Dundalk residents want to know when the structure will be repaired or demolished.
    “It is an eyesore. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was on a back road, but it is in the middle of the intersection,” said Dave Patro, president of the North Point Village Civic Association.
    “That place is becoming an eyesore and with the gaping holes in the roof. I’m wondering what’s the chances it could eventually collapse in on itself,” added Walnut Avenue resident Bill Cain.
    According to Sparrows Point/Dundalk Moose administrator Joe Franco, Ross’s owner Kim Ernst was using the Moose building on Sollers Point Road to continue her catering business.
    “They were running it out of here for a while, but they gave up on it.”
    Franco said he believe that Ernst was having insurance troubles.
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