Letter to the Editor: Stop development at the NPGCP
Posted by Op-Ed on 11th November 2020
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The Baltimore Post received the following letter from Bob Staab, Past Director of Recreation and Parks and Past Delegate from the Maryland House of Delegates.

The letter is being published as it was received.

 


What happened to County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s pre-election promise to stand with the people of Dundalk? Even during a pandemic, he is trying to sell off our Baltimore County park. Selling valuable parkland was un-American then, and it is still
un-American today.
Baltimore County and private developer, Len Weinberg. are at it again at North Point Government Center Park!
Nearly a decade ago, they chose private development over a public park. This was done despite the fact that more than 7,000 citizens chose to sign a petition to oppose the “sale:” Even though the proposed sale of the property by the County was illegal, they insisted on a Sale of Contract to the developer.
North Point Government Center Park property was transferred from  Baltimore County Board of Education to Baltimore County Government in 1982.  A clause in the deed states “…does hereby covenant that it will not convey, by deed, lease or other means, any portion of or interest in said property without written consent thereto from the Board of Public Works of the State of Maryland.”
This same clause was announced to the Baltimore County Council when the resolution for “sale” of North Point was under consideration. The County Council and Administration chose to ignore it.
Baltimore County has never received approval from the Maryland Board of Public Works.
Recently a Baltimore County School Board Member, Rod McMillion, suggested that a new school be built to reduce over-crowding.  Where will BCPS find and pay for property for a new high school facility in the Southeastern Area of Baltimore County?  Why should the County or the State spend millions of dollars when we currently have a 28-acre site at North Point Government Center Park?
The Dundalk area is not in need of the type of commercial redevelopment called for in the latest plan.  With the amount of traffic and development already existing, there are ample number of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and gas stations.
With the current businesses in the area, why do we need additional commercial development to overwhelm our Boulevard and Avenues?  There would be more traffic lights and drivers would cut through the surrounding Eastfield-Stanbrook community. Still today, there are still hundreds of vacant storefronts in the area.
The only thing unwanted private development will do at North Point Government Center Park is put more money in the developer’s pocket and more campaign funds in the pockets of certain elected officials.  All of this will be at the expense and tranquility of the residents and the Grange Elementary School community.  STOP DEVELOPMENT AT THE NPGCP!!!

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