Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ODNA Meeting Minutes - March 11, 2015

ODNA Meeting Minutes
March 11, 2015

Captain Orlando Lilly, the new precinct 12 commander, stopped by to introduce himself to us.  Captain Lilly is looking forward to working with the community and stressed the importance of communication with the community. 

Officer Mussini was also in attendance to let us know what’s been going on Old Dundalk.
o   He noted an increase in thefts from cars.  In many instances the cars had been left unlocked.  A reminder to double check that you’ve locked your car and to not leave anything good inside your car.   
o   Officer Mussini has also been working on making Veterans Park to make it more neighborhood friendly.  He will be walking the park with several county and community leaders to discuss the issues.  He has also contacted the VFW and American Legion about coming back to the park to spruce up the memorials in the park.
o   Also, Officer Mussini has arraigned for us to have some volunteers from the JOINS program to help clean up on Dumpster Day (April 18th).  More details to come, but we will be looking for a few volunteers to work with the JOINS group in cleaning up Old Dundalk.
Both Captain Lilly and Officer Mussini are available by email if you have a question or concern:

o   Captain Lilly is olilly@baltimorecountymd.gov
o   Officer Mussini is gmussini@baltimorecountymd.gov

DUMPSTER DAY is April 18th!  
  • The dumpsters will be on the parking lot across from the Church of the Brethren at the corner of Shipway and Yorkway from 7am to Noon. 
  • We will have six dumpsters to fill with almost anything.  We are unable to accept tires, paint & paint thinner, varnish, items containing Freon such as refrigerators/air-conditioners, electronics or other hazardous materials.  Also, we cannot accept YARD WASTE – Yard waste should be put out for pick up on April 9th and 23rd.
  • We need to get the word out!  ODNA will be creating a flyer to distribute directly to homes within out footprint by the first week of April.  If you can help with this project, please email olddundalk@gmail.com.
  • We will also advertise in the Eagle, on our website, with the DRC, and on Facebook. 
  • Please pass the word along to your neighbors!  We want to fill all six dumpsters!

Treasures Report:  We have a balance of  $230

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 13th at 7pm in the Dundalk Community Center

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

ODNA Meeting - March 11, 2015 at 7pm!

ODNA Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm in the Dundalk Community Center (2nd floor, the Y Building).

On the Agenda:  Jenn Wassman from the DRC will be on hand to talk about various opportunities for homeowners in Dundalk; Office Mussini will share what’s been going on around the neighborhood and hear your concerns; DUMPSTER DAY (April 18th) is coming and we’ve got a bunch to do to get ready and get the word out!!; Megga Egga is set for March 28th – Angel has asked if we want to participate with a craft table?; and FYI - St. Patrick’s Day Parade is March 14th.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ODNA Response to Foundry Station Development Plans

Thanks to those who came out to the McDonalds this past Saturday to review the plans for the re-development of the Seagrams site.  Of the biggest concerns is the proposed density of homes on the property.  ODNA will be attending the Community Input Meeting this evening (Feb 10th) at 6:30pm at the North Point Library to represent the Old Dundalk Neighborhood, but all are encouraged to attend and provide input on this development.

In addition, ODNA has addressed the all of the concerns we have concerning the development to John Vontran in the following letter sent on February 10, 2015:

Mr. John Vontran
Sollers Investors, LLC

RE:      Foundry Station PUD
            7101 Sollers Point Road

Dear Mr. Vontran:

    Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association (O.D.N.A.) received a revised concept plan for the proposed townhouse development on January 30, 2015.  This latest plan proposes 187 townhouses instead of the 194 units originally proposed.

O.D.N.A. made this plan available for review by all interested members on February 7, 2015 in anticipation of the February 10th Community Input Meeting.  While we appreciate your openness during the development process, our members, who live in the immediate vicinity of this project and reviewed the latest plan, still have the following concerns regarding its design and potential effect on the community:

  • The density, while 7 units less than originally shown, still seems excessive in terms of lack of open space, traffic generation, impact on schools, and aesthetics. A reduction of the 187 proposed townhouses to about 160 units would still exceed the 132 units allowed under existing zoning regulations by more than 20%, and would only be a 14% reduction of the current 187 proposed.  Additionally, it would allow reasonable development of the site while better blending with the surrounding houses, most of which are single family detached dwellings (SFDs).  Finally in this regard, this reduction of density would provide more room to meet the County’s road standards and storm water management (SWM) requirements. 

  • While we prefer that all of the units be no less than 20 feet wide, we would be amenable to a mix of unit sizes (including a minority of 16-foot wide units) that meet County requirements and provide more open space while still yielding more lots than allowed by current zoning. Larger, more expensive townhouses could be built to partially offset the loss of the smaller units.  Furthermore, we are requesting of Baltimore County by copy of this letter that they not allow the townhouses to be built in rows longer than typically permitted by the development regulations and to disapprove a layout showing exclusively 16-foot wide dwelling units.

  • According to County comments, the proposed layout does not meet Fire Department standards for turnaround of their emergency vehicles (let alone trash trucks).  This must obviously be rectified in the redesign of the project.

  • The layout also does not meet residential transition area (RTA) standards.  Although not specified on the plan, it is apparent that a waiver to the RTA requirements is being requested given that the townhouses are as close as 40 feet to neighboring SFDs on Tyler Road.  Mitigation must be provided to minimize the impact of the dense townhouse development on those SFD residents.

  • 0.25 acre of open space for a 12.1-acre intensely developed site (i.e. 2% open space) is insufficient.  We acknowledge that the site abuts an existing County ball field complex; however, much more passive open space is needed within the development. Therefore, we will not oppose your waiver request to the active open space requirement; however, we would like to see a total of at least 60,000 square feet (1.38 acres) of passive open space spread across the 12.1 acres. It should be noted that 1.54 acres (67,000 square feet) of passive open space are required by County standards.

  • The community benefit that O.D.N.A. would like this development to provide is the design and construction of Veteran’s Park renovations to deter vagrants and crime and attract desirable merchants to Dundalk Village Shopping Center. We believe the recent market study of Dundalk sponsored by the DRC outlines general objectives and concepts of this renovation.  To the Baltimore County representatives, we do not support any payment to the County of a fee in lieu of community benefit unless there are legal safeguards that the money will be spent exclusively on the aforementioned park renovations or other community benefit that is actually in the immediate community (not elsewhere in greater Dundalk). 

  • SWM has also not been adequately addressed according to Baltimore County’s EPS comments on the concept plan.  It stands to reason that reducing the number of units and impervious area will require less SWM and that more room would be available to provide any SWM facilities required.

In summary, O.D.N.A. welcomes development of the site, but in a manner that is more consistent with the character of the neighborhood.  Specifically, more open space onsite, a mix of townhouse sizes, of which no more than 50% would be 16 feet wide, better traffic circulation, mitigation of impacts to neighboring residential properties, and all public safety requirements fully met.  Moreover, we want a community benefit that directly improves the immediate neighborhood as described above.

Thank you for considering these concerns and comments.  We hope that they are implemented through the design and construction of the site.  If you have any questions regarding these comments, please feel free to contact the Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association.

Sincerely yours,
Glenn Shaffer, Vice President

Hon. Todd Crandall, Councilman-7th District
Ms. Amy Menzer, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation
Mr. Jan Cook, Permit Approvals & Inspections
Ms. Lynn Lanham, Office of Panning
O.D.N.A Website

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Seagrams / Foundry Station Plans Available to View on February 7th

ODNA received a copy of the development plans (large architectural type drawings)  and the county review of the Seagrams – Foundry Station re-development project. 

On Saturday, February 7th from 8am to 10 am ODNA will make the plans available to anyone who wants to see them at the McDonald’s on Dundalk Ave.

The Community Input meeting on the project is Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:30pm at the North Point Public Library.  This meeting is open to everyone!

Questions - email us at olddundalk@gmail.com

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Meeting Notes - January 14, 2015

ODNA Meeting Notes
January 14, 2015

Dumpster Day is set for Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 7am to Noon.  The dumpsters will be on the parking lot across from the Chruch of the Brethern at the corner of Shipway and Yorkway.
· We will check with DRC to see about tying into any Earth Week activities they may be planning.
· Officer Mussini has requested volunteers from JOINS program to assist us in cleaning up along Dundalk Avenue that same day.

We discussed the broken windows at the Dundalk Historical Society.  We agreed to make a $100 donation to the help the Historical Society with repairs.

Officer Mussini discussed the incident at the Historical Society and the issues at the Village Center in general.  In 2014, there were 1200 calls for service in this area.  The county will soon be deploying 3 (three) “PODS” or Portable Observation Devices to the Village Center / Veterans Park area.  The PODS are identified as belonging to BCPD, are monitored 24 hours a day, provided a 360 view.  It’s hoped that the PODS will discourage criminal activity, as well as,  allowing to the BCPD to better monitor the area and identify those individuals causing trouble.

Bryan Shepherd (our Baltimore County Rep from K. Kamenetz’ office) discussed:
· Working with the BCPD, local residents, business owners and the MTA to remove the bus stop at the corner of Shipway and Dundalk Ave directly across from the Royal Farms.  This bus stop was a well-known trouble spot.  Those seeking to use the bus from the Village Center can do so at the stop located between Center Place and Dunmanway.
· There is some sewer line work taking place on Dundalk Ave as you head south toward Turners Station, as the circle – FYI
· The county is very excited about the new owners of the former Beth Steel area, Sparrows Point Terminal part of Redwood Capital Development.  Sparrows Point Terminal has been reaching out and contacting local community groups about the redevelopment of the site. 

ODNA received an email announcing an MDE & EPA Public Outreach meeting on Sparrows Point on Feburary 26, 2015 at the North Point Public Library from 6 to 8pm.  This meeting is open to everyone.

News about Seagrams:
· Glenn spoke with John Vontran regarding the position letter we sent in November 2014.  Glenn re-iterated our concerns about density, lack of open space and storm water management.  He also reviewed our request of community benefit to be the upgrading / redesign of Veterans Park.
· The next community input meeting on the project, called Foundry Station, is Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:30pm at the North Point Public Library.  This meeting is open to all.
· ODNA received a copy of the development plan and county review of the project.  If you wish to read the county review or see the development plans, please email olddundalk@gmail.com and I will send a copy to you. 

Our next meeting is scheduled for March 11, 2015, 7pm in the Dundalk Community Center.

Becky Terjung, President ODNA