Hearing on Merritt Station draws few comments
Developers of the Merritt Station apartment project off Merritt Boulevard say they will install a sturdy metal fence and landscaping to buffer the 72unit housing project from the neighboring Sacred Heart of Mary cemetery.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore wrote a letter to county Administrative Law Judge John Beverungen expressing concerns that tenants could use the cemetery as open space and that it could become a place for loitering.
The letter was mentioned during a development plan hearing held by Beverungen on Friday, Aug. 19, in Towson.
The only Dundalk community member to attend the hearing was a woman concerned about the future of feral cats liv- ing on the site. She declined to give her name and did not stay to officially comment.
Planned are two four-story apartment buildings with elevators on the undeveloped site behind Denny’s and the AutoZone store.
The complex would include 36 units in each building, with a mix of 48 two-bedroom units and 24 three-bedroom units.
A representative of Osprey Properties of Annapolis, which is co-developing the site, did not immediately return an email request for comment.
Developers originally hoped to build townhouses, but the site is in a Commercial, Community Core overlay district, which means they cannot build townhouses but can build apartments above a first-floor level.
The plan calls for garages on the first floor of one build- ing and retail space on the first floor of the second building.
The nearby Giant food store asked that the developers relocate parking spaces originally placed along the road at the north end of the site, which it uses for truck access.
The existing trees and vegetation will be removed and replaced at an unspecified off-site location, said site engineers.
Residents had expressed concerns about units being rented to housing voucher holders at an earlier community input meeting. That concern has not been addressed, pending comment from the developers.
Developers are awaiting approval from Beverungen before proceeding with plans for the site.
Developers of the Merritt Station apartment project in Dundalk are waiting for a ruling by a county administrative law judge before proceeding with construction.