Council to vote on White Marsh Mall curfew
On November 5, the Baltimore County Council will vote on a resolution that would push for a mandatory parental guidance policy at White Marsh Mall.
Resolution 110-18 encourages the mall’s management to require underaged patrons of the mall to be accompanied by adults on Friday and Saturday evenings after 5:00 p.m.
The resolution is a response to an incident that occurred at the mall in August when two adults and seven juveniles were arrested following a brawl spread between the retail destinations and surrounding properties of the Avenue in White Marsh. The incident took several hours to quell and required the deployment of more than 36 officers from four precincts, the Aviation Unit, and the Mar yland State Police.
The resolution is sponsored by Councilmembers Cathy Bevins (D-6), David Marks and Todd Crandell (R-7). Marks told the Avenue News he was approached about sponsoring the resolution since he was involved in crafting a similar policy in his district, at Towson Town Center in 2016.
“It’s worked very well and helped give people the peace of mind,” said Marks about the Towson youth curfew. “People feel safer.”
He called the August incident the “straw that broke the camel’s back” and said the Council has been pushing mall management to prevent future conflicts through security measures cracking down on unsupervised youths.
The text of the resolution encouraged that Brookfield Properties Retail Group, the owners of the White Marsh Mall, work “to immediately increase visible security” in order “to ensure the safety of the young patrons as well as other patrons.”
Calling White Marsh Mall one of the largest retail destinations on the east side of Baltimore County, the resolution states that it has become a meeting place for young patrons without adult supervision, particularly in the evenings and on weekends, resulting “at times in large groups of young people moving through the retail areas unattended, and causing confrontations within the various groups”.
The Avenue at White Marsh adjacent to the mall is not owned by Brookfield and has had a policy since 2016 in which visitors 17 years of age and younger are required to be accompanied at all times by a parent or supervising adult age 21 or older on Friday and Saturday after 5:00 p.m.
The Avenue News reached out to Councilwoman Bevins but did not receive comments as of press time.