Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Quarterly Meeting -- Community Center
President Marianne Thomas called the meeting to order at 10 am. There were 20 members in attendance on a rainy, snowy morning.
* Election of new officers will take place at our June 19, 2010 meeting. There are five positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. We will begin taking nominations today and will accept them through the end of our April 10, 2010 meeting. Nominations can be made my contacting any current board member.
* Welcome Bag Update – Carly Burkehart has collected numerous items for the bags. Carly needs a couple of people to stuff the bags and to deliver them. Chris Ames can help us to get current copies of the Eagle when we go to deliver them.
* As always, Becky is looking to update our database. If you are not receiving emails or have any changes, please let Becky know.
* Our next newsletter will go out by the end of January 2010, primarily by email. Though we will send hard copies to our members without email. Also, if you have a friend or neighbor who is not on our database, let us know – we will get a copy out to them as well.
* The Social Committee is once again without a leader. We are looking for someone to coordinate committee members and keep our events on track.
* Becky reviewed the results of the “events survey” that we took at the September meeting. The top five events were: Community garage sale/Block Party, Wine Tastings, Bus Trips, TGIF Party (bring your own lawn chair, beverage, and dish to share – the host provides the yard), and Ice Cream Social. There was discussion about combining the community garage sale with our plans for Dumpster Day.
* The December Pot-Luck Social will be held on December 30, 2009 from 6-8pm at the Masonic Hall. There were many comments about how nice last year’s potluck was and a general feeling that this event should continue. Brenda Shepherd and Alice Fogle graciously agreed to coordinate this event. An email invitation will go out, and we will try to get the event listed in the Eagle as well. RSVP’s should go to Brenda Shepherd at 410-284-0899 or can be sent to Becky Terjung at email@example.com.
Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association
Financial Report for November 30, 2009
Memberships - annual $1,680.00
less: returned items ($10.00)
Memberships - lifetime $900.00
Cake raffles $105.00
Sales: t-shirts/hats $100.00
C.O.P. Grant $1,850.00
Income total: $4,777.00
Total expenditures: ($2,647.82)
Bank balance as of Nov. 30, 2009 $2,129.18
Hall rental $200.00
Picnic, PO Box, plaque $126.38
Postage, newsletter $161.20
Promotional materials $66.96
Administrative supplies $18.01
Bank supplies $45.40
Bank service charges $7.00
Meeting supplies $22.30
Dumpster day supplies $45.96
C.O.P. Grant $1,851.79
Expenditures total: $2,647.82
* We have 22 new members since our September Meeting.
* We have a new supply of magnets and business cards available.
* Last meeting we voted on changing our bylaws to include lanuage need for the 501C3 process. Those changes were approved by the membership. Debbie hopes to have the 501C3 application process wrapped up by the end of the year. The estimated cost to the association for filing the non-profit application is about $400.00
* Dumpster Day is scheduled for April 17, 2010. We plan to tie into Earth Day – perhaps with a contest for the kids, the community garage sale. We hope to use the Church of the Brethern parking lot.
Vice President’s Report:
* Glenn’s update on the Yorkway project was changed by news this morning that Vontran has filed for bankruptcy. (Baltimore Sun article) According to the article in the paper, this filing will not affect the Yorkway project.
* Follow up: Regarding concerns stated at the ODNA meeting on Saturday about the on-going Yorkway Development: according to Baltimore County's Office of Community Conservation, the Yorkway Property and Development should not be effected by John Vontran's personal bankruptcy filing as noted in The Sun. Public Works agreements and security deposits for road and utility construction related to the Development have been received, and the project will be completed by Mr. Vontran or other entities.
Marisa Olszewski (DRC):
* The DRC offices have moved. The new location is 11 Center Place.
* The weather has canceled the Holiday Parade and Choir performance scheduled for this afternoon. The Holiday Lighting and Cookie Tour will still take place, starting at 6pm.
* Marisa also announced the “Think Green, Be Green” series of lectures being held on Monday evenings in January, February and March. Check the DRC website for more information.
* Marisa also spoke about the Family Dollar store and the article which appeared in the Dundalk Eagle. Marianne continuted by saying that this has been a long struggle with numerous letters, emails and conversations with the store manager. The store has been fined by code enforcement and has had a hearing.
Clean and Green:
* We have had another code sweep, though this has been a struggle. While we have not received the written report, Marianne did find out that there were 41 violations cited. Violations included rats, trash, improper trash cans, overgrown grass, an RV, an illegal structure and repairs. We hope to have more detail for our April meeting.
* Speaking of rats, Marianne suggested that we could put together a flyer with rat abatement tips. Joyce (?last name) offered to help.
Safety Committee – C.O.P:
Marianne then concluded the meeting and thanked all coming out on such a dreary morning.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Saturday, April 10, 2010.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
According to Baltimore County's Office of Community Conservation, the Yorkway Property and Development should not be effected by John Vontran's personal bankruptcy filing as noted in The Sun. Public Works agreements and security deposits for road and utility construction related to the Development have been received, and the project will be completed by Mr. Vontran or other entities.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT DESIGNED
BY THE OLMSTED BROTHERS FIRM.
Sunday, November 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Meet at Dundalk Historical Society, 4 Centre Place, Dundalk, MD 21222
at 12:45 PM. Just off Dundalk Avenue across from the Post Office.
Dundalk was first named in establishing a train depot, but its real growth as a com-munity began in 1916. The Bethlehem Steel Co. purchased the Maryland Steel Co. plus 1,000 acres and began plans for a community to house employees. The U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp. (EFC) developed the community using the Garden City concept. Control of the project passed to an the Dundalk Company, whose leaders controlled development of Roland Park. Rowhouses, semi-detached and single homes stand in harmony with the park areas. The plan included a shop-ping center, community buildings and space for churches and other community needs. Parks and curving tree-lined streets signify Olmsted Brothers design.
Guided walking tour by Dundalk resident, Donna Young, retired biology teacher and local historian.
Tours: $15 each. $18 day of tour. Limited to 20.
Advance Registration is strongly encouraged. Please mail check at least 5 days in advance to: FMOPL, P.O. Box 16244, Baltimore, MD 21210-0244.
Tours are given rain or shine - refunds only if cancelled for extreme weather conditions.
For information and to make reservations, contact
Lisa Keir at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-790-8658.
For information on the
Friends of Maryland's Olmsted Parks & Landscapes, and to order books,
go to www.marylandolmsted.org.
These duplex houses line Admiral Boulevard.
The Dundalk Company offered a variety of housing styles for employees of Bethlehem Steel.
Dundalk featured a shopping center convenient to all residents of the community. The photo above is from the 1930s, and below is the renovated shopping center today.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thanks to all who were involved in planning for our table at the Fall Fest, and to those who stopped by! We made pumpkins, spiders and other beautiful art work from 10:00 a.m. until almost 3:00pm, and we saw countless children - just mobs of them. There was hot cider all day, and many parents enjoyed a drink. The mum was won by Amy F. Keyway. It was a great day to help the community to have fun and "build neighborliness" Thank You, THANK YOU, Thank You to all who donated ideas, supplies, and their time.
Reminder: Our next meeting is Saturday, December 5th at 10am.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Mr. Jonas A. Jacobson, Director
Baltimore County DEPRM
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 400
Towson MD 21204
RE: Storm Water Management for Yorkway Redevelopment
Dear Mr. Jacobson:
Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association (O.D.N.A.) would like to thank you for informing us and seeking our input regarding the engineering problem facing the proposed water quality management (WQM) facility between Admiral Blvd. and lot 46. As you explained it, there is no way to construct this bioretention facility without either impacting traffic and pedestrian safety or virtually eliminating the side yard of lot 46 and causing flooding of that dwelling’s basement. Additionally, if the facility were to be “shoehorned” into this spot, it would likely generate continual complaints about mosquitoes and appearance. It appears that this WQM facility would manage very little of the runoff coming from the redevelopment. Conversely, as you stated on our conversation, a fee in lieu of providing the WQM in this facility would be paid to DEPRM’s water quality fund to contribute toward water quality improvements in the Dundalk area. Those water quality improvements would exceed that provided by the small WQM facility in question. Also, the SWM and grading plans would have to be revised, which would delay the project’s grading permit for months.
Therefore to not stall the momentum of this project, we will support the elimination of the WQM facility at issue on the condition that the fee in lieu money is spent on water quality improvements (i.e. storm water management retrofits) within Bullneck Creek Watershed.
Thank you for considering these concerns and comments and for all the assistance your department and other County officials have provided throughout this process.
If you have any questions regarding these comments, please contact me at 410-790-5685.
Glenn Shaffer, Vice President
Mr. Jonas A. Jacobson, Director
Storm Water Management for Yorkway Redevelopment
October 7, 2009
c. Mr. John Vontran, Developer
Mr. Dean Hoover, MRA
Ms. Mary Harvey, Director, Office of Community Conservation
Ms. Amy Menzer, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Quarterly Meeting -- Community Center
President Marianne Thomas called the meeting to order at 10 am. There were over 30 members in attendance. Marianne welcomed everyone to the new community center. As this is the first time we have used this venue, we are looking for feed back about the location.
With regards to the flooding of the Logan Village neighborhood that took place Friday night, the ODNA is willing to provide assistance if possible. Should any members know of a need that we can help with, please contact a board member.
Chris Mann (owner of Dundalk McD’s), Jeff Bell (Corp), Carolyn Heckler (Corp Attny), and Lee May (Corp – Construction) of McDonalds spoke to the group about the upcoming renovations planned for the Dundalk Avenue McDonalds. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring of 2010. The current building will be torn down and replaced with a new structure. The new building will take 3-4 months to complete and the goal is to be open again for the Heritage Fair Weekend. Designs of the new building, parking lot and landscaping were shared. Chris also answered questions from the members about lighting and trash.
Over the summer, the ODNA has been active and visible at the Heritage Fair, the Summer Concerts. By having a table at those events, we are able to explain who we are and provide membership information. Next year, we would like to have a presence at the Farmer’s Market each weekend. Thanks to all those who volunteered over the summer.
Code Enforcement: We have a requested a Code Sweep from Baltimore County. It is scheduled for October, though we don’t have a firm date yet. While the ODNA will receive a report of violations, we are hoping that we will be able to accompany the inspector on the sweep. As an individual, you can make a report to Code Enforcement at any time by calling 410-887-3352 or Code Inspections. You should get a confirmation number and a response within 48 hours.
Family Dollar: The DRC along with ODNA has sent a letter to the Family Dollar Corporate office about the condition of the store and grounds. Baltimore County Code Enforcement has also issued $21,000 in fines for the damage to the county right of way (the ruts in the grass) and violation of the site plan to the owner of the building which is NOT Family Dollar. Currently there are negotiations taking place with Code Enforcement to determine who is responsible, the building owner or Family Dollar.
Yorkway Update: A few members attended the Ground Breaking on September 18th. There were again questions/complaints about the condition of the property. John Vontran is the owner and he is responsible.
The flyer ban was approved and will be effective January 1, 2010.
The NWHA is holding a public forum on September 21, 2009 at Ateaze Senior Center. Many local representatives are expected to attend.
Becky Terjung thanked those who renewed their memberships and reminded all that now is the time to renew.
Our first newsletter was mailed this past August to all the households in the ODNA footprint. We plan to produce a newsletter four times a year, though subsequent editions may just be sent to members because of cost concerns. It was suggested to look carefully at the cost of mailing, as a bulk mailing may be less expensive than mailing first class.
Debbie Martin began by reviewing our income and expenses to date. A copy of the report appears below:
Membership – Annual $ 1,370.00
Less returned items ($10.00)
Membership - Lifetime $ 800.00
Donations $ 152.00
Cake Raffles $ 78.00
Sales: t-shirts/hats $ 100.00
C.O.P. Grant $ 1,850.00
Total $ 4,340.00
Total Expenditures: ($2,320.71)
Bank Balance as of August 31, 2009: $ 2,019.29
Detail of Expenditures:
Hall Rental $ 200.00
Promotional Materials $ 27.43
Administrative Supplies $ 18.01
Bank Supplies $ 45.40
Bank Service Charges $ 7.00
Meeting Supplies $ 22.30
Dumpster Day Supplies $ 45.96
Gazebo tent $ 102.82
C.O.P Grant $ 1,851.79
Debbie has been working on obtaining a 501c3 status for ODNA. It is a very long and involved process. To begin we need to make a change to our Bylaws. The changes and additions are as follows:
- The Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association is organized exclusively for one of more of the purposes as specified in Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The specific objectives and purposes shall be to build neighborliness and address needs in the community.
- No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, of be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof.
- No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501c3 for the Internal Revenue Code, of the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170c2 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
- Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
This change was voted on by the members present. The change was approved by the membership.
Debbie also announced that the next Dumpster Day is scheduled for April 17, 2010.
Marisa Olszewski (DRC) announced a community cleanup to take place on Saturday, September 25, 2009 from 9am to Noon. This cleanup will focus on the Old Dundalk and St. Helena neighborhoods. Those interested in participating should meet that the DRC office at 9am.
Jennifer Funn (DRC) announced the Family Fun Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2009 in Veteran’s Park from 10am to 4pm. Volunteers and donations of candy are needed by the DRC. (The ODNA will have a table at the Fun Festival as well) In addition, the DRC has events planned throughout the fall. For more information or to sign up for the DRC newsletter, visit www.dundalkusa.org.
Safety Committee – C.O.P
Jordan Hadfield explained that the C.O.P group has been busy with a number of rides throughout the summer. More are planned for the fall, and all are encouraged to participate. Rides are scheduled 9/23, 9/30, 10/09 and 10/24 from 10pm until midnight. On “Moving Night" 10/30 the group will patrol from 10pm to 2am.
This past year the C.O.P group received the full grant from the county and will reapply for the coming year. With the funds the group was able to purchase walkie-talkies, spotlights and binoculars. Jordan also plans a 10 point safety newsletter that will go out with the next ODNA newsletter and to purchase signs announcing the C.O.P group that can be posted around the neighborhood.
Jordan also shared his experience from a Baltimore County Police Department ride along. It was quite informative and an insight into what our police officers do. Anyone can ride along with the BCPD. If you are interested scheduling a ride-along or participating in a C.O.P patrol, call Jordan at 443-928-4107.
Energy Audit – Greening Committee
Rick Ferguson introduced Bob Logston of H.E.L.P and Jake Titus of BGE’s Smart Energy Program (www.BGESmartEnergy.com) to talk to the group about the importance of home energy audits in conserving energy and lowering home heating bills. Both spoke about the easy things that anyone can do to make their home more energy efficient – wrapping pipes, attic insulation, etc.
Jake Titus spoke of weatherization – there is money available from the county and well as discounts from BGE for this service.
Bob Logston explained that a home energy audit can also serve as a safety inspection for your home. His company H.E.L.P (www.savemoneyonenergy.com) has some discounts available as well. More information can be found at: Baltimore County - weatherization or Baltimore County Library Resources
Becky Terjung reported that we have put our “Welcome Bag” plan into place thanks to Carly Burkhead, who stepped up to coordinate this program. Currently we are collecting community information, restaurant menus and stuff from local business to fill the bags. Once ready, we will be delivering the bags to our newest neighbors.
We will be represented at the Family Fun Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Darlene McKee and Marianne Thomas will host our table, but would love to have help. Please talk to Darlene or Marianne after the meeting if you would like to help.
Also planned for the coming year is our Christmas Pot Luck Dinner tentatively scheduled for December 30th. More information about this event will be available as we get closer to the date.
We have a survey of event ideas. Let us know what you would like to see from the social committee.
Becky also made a plea for a Social Committee Chair. Becky explained that the Social Committee Chair need not plan or attend every event – we have lots of committee members willing to help. But we do need a leader to oversee the committee and make sure things are coming along as they should be. Maureen Matteo graciously agreed to serve as Social Committee Chair.
Marianne then concluded the meeting and thanked all for being patient during such a long meeting.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Saturday, December 5, 2009.
2010 meeting dates are: Saturday, April 10 and June 19.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Meet at the DRC (81 Shipping Place) to sign-in and get materials. Morning refreshments will be provided. (Service hours are available for students).
For more information: http://www.dundalkusa.org/pub/Community-Cleanup
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
New Dundalk Community Center, 2nd Floor
(The Old Y—use the “pool entrance” on Trading Place)
Renovations of the Dundalk McDondald’s
Update on the Yorkway Development
*In pursuit of our non-profit status, we need to make some minor changes to our bylaws. To make these changes our current membership will be asked to vote. Our membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 — Are you a current member? We’ll be set up early to renew members!
Want more information?
Contact Marianne Thomas (410-284-7805)
or Becky Terjung (410-288-3323)
Come Find Out What’s New in Old Dundalk!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
First, ODNA wanted to thank all the volunteers who helped at the booth during the fair , everyone who stopped by the booth and people who renewed or paid for a membership
Congratulations to the winners of the plant and bubble gum raffle!
The plant drawing was done by Jennie Beecher (Chef Jen, a Pampered Chef Rep.) whose booth was next to us during the Heritage Fair. The winner of the plant was Sara German of Portship Road. The winner of the "what's your guess" bubble gum count was James B. of Gray Haven Road. His guess was 74 pieces and he was the closest to the correct number of 73.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Quarterly Meeting and Annual Picnic
Vice President Glenn Shaffer called the meeting to order at 11am. There were over 30 members in attendance. (See Attached Agenda for Opening Items and Remarks)
• Glenn reported on the planning board meeting held in Towson on June 4, 2009
• The next hearing will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at which time there will be more discussion of the plan and most likely a vote on the plan by the Board.
• Once approved the plan will then be subject to further review by the County. If you have any questions, please contact Glenn Shaffer.
• Concerns about the loss of the alley originally mentioned at the Community Input Meeting in April were again voiced by the membership.
• Treasurer Debbie Martin reported that ODNA currently has a balance of about $2700, $1000 of which is earmarked for the COP grant, leaving us $1700.
• Debbie encouraged those in attendance to renew their memberships for the 2009 – 2010 year.
• Debbie also reported on the status of our non-profit designation. We are making progress on the application. We will need to amend our by-laws to include the disbursement of funds to another chartable organization should ODNA dissolve in the future. We will prepare the changes over the summer, so that there can be a vote by the September meeting.
• Debbie announced that the next Dumpster Day has been set for April 2010, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. We hope to make this a bigger community event. We need a Chairperson for this committee.
• Glenn spoke briefly about the code sweep conducted earlier. The County does understand the ODNA footprint, and did inspect the entire area. However they were only able to spend 10 -15 seconds on each home and where trying to flag the most egregious violations. We can request more inspections from the County. Glenn suggested that this may also be a task for the clean committee – helping with enforcement and acting as a liaison with County Code Enforcement.
• Glenn also addressed the Gazebo renovation by the Yorkway Developer. There was a meeting on June 9, 2009 to develop a “wish list” of items including: removal of the flowerbeds, better electrical service and lighting, a higher roof, and perhaps a movie screen. The Developer has promised a rendering of the proposed changes in time for the Heritage Fair. It was learned that the County has plans to renovate the structure as well. There is a need for coordination of the two plans, and more importantly involvement of ODNA with the County and developer to be sure our input is incorporated into the design as much as possible.
• There were comments about the loss of park space in the area, particularly the park on Yorkway that will be changed to provide for more parking. There was a quite a bit of discussion on this topic.
At this point, Glenn and Jordan Hadfield made a point of saying that we needed this energy. We need folks to communicate things to us all the time, not just at meetings.
Membership / Social Committee:
• Debbie made an appeal for a volunteer to chair this committee.
• Also, that we would like to organize a membership drive.
• Rick Ferguson reported that the committee has been busy this spring, planting trees along the parade route and at the Ateaze Senior center, planting trees and creating several new gardens.
• The committee plans to link the DRC to work on greening inside the house. Rick then introduced Robert Logston, a Home Energy Auditor. During today’s picnic, Bob is available to answer questions and explain more about the service he offers.
• Coming from the green committee will be a list of tips on the DRC website (www.dundalkusa.org) for greening inside the home and ways to save energy.
At this time, Jennifer Funn, the new Main Street Manager, introduced herself. She also provided a schedule of summer events being planned by the DRC. For a complete list visit www.dundalkusa.org.
COP / Safety Committee:
• Jordan Hadfield reported that the committee met on June 10th. The group discussed partnering with the COP groups for Dunlogan and St. Helena. Given the proximity of all three neighborhoods, the three groups expect to have much better results by coordinating their patrols.
• The COP will begin patrolling on June 26, 2009 from 10 pm until midnight. The group hopes to patrol every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer and into the fall.
• The Safety Committee will also be producing a flyer with things that each homeowner can do to make a safer neighborhood. One example, turn your porch light on. And if you don’t have porch light install one. The committee is working with Home Depot to obtain porch lights at a lower cost.
• It was brought up that you can also contact BGE to have a large light installed. There is no cost for the light, just the monthly service fee – which can be shared among neighbors. Jordan will include the BGE contact information on flyer.
• Jordan also announced that if you see something wrong going on, call 911 to report it. Don’t call the North Point Precinct. You can also call 410-284-TIPS (8477) to report drug activity.
This concluded the meeting. Glenn announced that ODNA wanted to thank everyone for their support over this last year. Specifically, Rick Ferguson was named Volunteer of the Year for his tireless work on the Green Committee. In addition, ODNA recognized Chris Ames, Jordan Hadfield, Brenda Shepherd, Alice Fogle, Jane Duffy, and the Patapsco Masonic Lodge for their hard work and support of the association.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Arnold “Pat” Keller, Director
Office of Planning &
Members of the Planning Board
105 W. Chesapeake Ave
Towson, MD 21204
RE: Planning Board Hearing for the Yorkway Redevelopment
Dear County Officials:
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this proposed development, which is an important step to the revitalization of Old Dundalk. The Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association, or O.D.N.A., is generally in favor of this proposal and would like to thank the developer and his team who have been so accessible and cooperative throughout this process. We recognize that we cannot have everything requested of the development due to market forces and design constraints, but feel that Mr. Vontran has been willing to work with us to get as close to that as possible while still providing a marketable product.
In particular, we favor the single family detached dwellings. Although we would have preferred slightly lesser density, we believe not having multi-family dwelling units is worth the trade-off. Furthermore, the use of as much brick as possible will allow the new in-fill development to better blend with the existing community as will the option for more aesthetic garage door styles (e.g. bi-folds as opposed to stark, entirely white doors). Also, we applaud the development team for proposing houses with a moderately high price range of $250,000 -$300,000+ to hopefully attract hardworking families to move in and create a stable community in Old Dundalk.
The proposed pedestrian trail from Yorkway across the railroad to Delvale Ave (with a possible ultimate connection to Dundalk High, the community college, and points beyond) is a key neighborhood benefit as is the beautification of existing Fairway Park, installation of a planted buffer between the houses and the railroad, improved lighting and landscaping. We would ask however, that the improved lighting along Yorkway and in the remaining alleys be required as a condition of development plan approval since it does not appear to be proposed on the current plan.
Regarding environmental and energy efficiency concerns, the use of low E windows, thicker/better insulation, HVAC units, and appliances is supported by O.D.N.A. Along the same lines, the use of rain gardens and reduction of impervious surfaces where feasible to help address water quality management is encouraged.
The few remaining issues we have with the plan at this point are as follows:
• In spite of the traffic report, which apparently neglected the fact that many of the residents of the pre-existing apartments did not have cars, the parking and traffic situation on Yorkway has the potential to get worse with the 66 proposed dwellings. However, steps such as the creation of parking spaces around the park at Fairway, use of rear loaded garage/and or parking pads units where the traffic “pinch point” exists at the intersection of Fairway and Keyway (which the development team proposed as the Community Input Meeting was ending) as well as the use of traffic calming devices such as recently constructed along Dundalk Ave will mitigate this impact.
• The use of rear-loaded garages or parking pads is much favored over the front-loaded garage style proposed on most of the 66 units. The builder has indicated that rear-loaded units are difficult to sell. Therefore, I would like to stress that O.D.N.A. is not asking the builder to construct more rear-loaded units than proposed on the concept plan and subsequently during the Community Input Meeting. We simply request that the Planning Board and/or Office of Planning require that whatever rear-loaded units are proposed beyond the 2 on Fairway be constructed in the block between Kentway and Leeway (i.e. lots 19-38) to not create parking and traffic problems across from those existing residents, and to better blend with the character of that block. We would also ask that the rear-loaded garages or parking pads be offered as an option on all lots backing to alleys.
• The development team has drafted a declaration of covenants governing the use of the lots and common areas. O.D.N.A. has reviewed these and generally approves them, although we would like it explicitly stated that there be no parking of vehicles on lawns, only on parking pads and in garages.
Again, O.D.N.A. would like to formally support this development plan with the conditions above. Thank you for considering these concerns and comments and for all the assistance your department and other County officials have provided throughout this process. We look forward to a development that blends with the surrounding community while improving property values and the quality of life in Old Dundalk.
Glen Shaffer, Vice President
c. Mr. John Vontran, Developer
Hon. John Olzewski, County Council
Ms. Mary Harvey, Office of Community Conservation
Ms. Amy Menzer, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation
Yorkway Planning Bd Pres 6.4.09
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Come Find Out What’s New
in Old Dundalk!
11am - Meeting at the Masonic Hall
Noon - Picnic in Heritage Park
Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
Games and Activities for Children of All Ages
*If you plan to attend the picnic, please RSVP to Marianne Thomas or Brenda Shepherd.
We need to know that you are coming, so we can be sure to have plenty of
Hot Dogs and Hamburgers on hand.
Want more information?
Want to provide a covered dish or dessert?
*Want to RSVP?
Contact Marianne Thomas
or Brenda Shepherd