Hear­ing on Mer­ritt Sta­tion draws few com­ments

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL - By VIR­GINIA TERHUNE vter­hune@ches­pub.com

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.

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