The Department of Transportation announced
that construction on the reconfiguration of the intersection of Coarse
& Frankford Ave will start in the summer of 2014. Below is the latest plan from DOT. A high resolution
PDF is available on our NextDoor site.
Yesterday (Mon. October 21) there was a meeting to discuss preliminary plans for the Belair Road Streetscape plan for Baltimore City focusing on the nodes of Belair-Edison (at Belair & Erdman), Gardenville (at Belair & Frankford) and Overlea (at Belair & Fleetwood). They are currently looking at two concepts, bumpouts or medians. Sample drawings of the Gardenville node along of both concepts are below.
Please join the Baltimore City Department of Transportation for a special community open house to discuss the future of Belair Rd. Streetscape enhancements and traffic calming are planned for three intersections on Belair Rd. at Erdman Avenue, Frankford Avenue, and Fleetwood Avenue. This open house will help guide long range transportation improvement for the corridor, so your feedback is especially important.
W a l t h e r s o n I m p r o v e m e n t A s s o c i a t i o n, I n c
Invites all for a neighborhood meeting to
Christian Middle School
@ 4 9 1 5 H O L D E R
A V E
GYM & CLASSROOM
Please come meet with the Mt. Zion School to hear them
present updates on the Zion Gymnasium. Per the Waltherson communities requests,
they have some proposed changes to the Gym and Classroom Building as well as
traffic changes to present to us. Your input as a community member and neighbor
MON 9/16 @
(@ Harbel, 5807 Harford Rd, Balto,
If you have concerns, please contact: Helene Quinn / President WIA: 410-917-0628
A copy of the September Newsletter is linked to below. Our September meeting will be at a different time & location and will be held at 6:30 PM at Faith Community Church (5315 Harford Road) on Wednesday, September 4th. The meeting will be a presentation on Human Trafficking. September Newsletter
Please join us on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 PM at Faith Community Church (5315 Harford Road) for a special presentation on Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking occurs in every county in Maryland and can occur in all communities and income levels. Join us to learn more about this problem, how to recognize it, and how to fight back.
Please be careful with your electronics and personal items. You may have seen reports over the past week or two about joggers being robbed of cell phones.
We have heard from a neighbor that a man was attacked in a similar fashion on Harford Road near Southern Ave yesterday morning around 7:15am by a group who stopped in a car, attacked the victim and stole his cell phone.
Please be on the lookout, stay aware of your surroundings, and try to avoid using your cell phone when out on foot.
Under appeal number 2013-262 Zion Baptist Church is appealing to the Board of Municipal Zoning Appeals (BMZA) to construct a detached gym and classroom building for the existing middle school at 4915 Holder Ave. The BMZA will hear this appeal on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 @ 1 PM in Room 215 at City Hall.
Zion Christian took notes of neighborhood concerns about this plan at our a special meeting with them last month and were going to see how those concerns could be addressed. In light of this, we wrote a letter to BMZA asking this hearing be postponed until Zion Christian is able to get back to us.
Below is an update from the Royal Farms Opposition regarding the proposed Royal Farms gas station at Harford Road & Glenmore Ave in Glenham-Belhar to our north.
A group of neighborhood associations and individual residents of northeast Baltimore City have filed a zoning appeal to Baltimore City Circuit Court to block a proposed Royal Farms mega gas station, which would have 12 gas pumps and remain open 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The appeal was filed in July by attorney John C. Murphy, representing the associations.
Royal Farms had requested a zoning variance to purchase a building at 5901 & 5915 Harford Road to build a new station, razing the exiting office building on the site in an established residential area. Five neighborhood associations in northeast Baltimore City—GlenHam/BelHar, Hamilton Hills, Lauraville, Westfield and Waltherson—voted at membership meetings to oppose the proposed megastation and filed an appeal to the Baltimore City Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals (BMZA).
The original BMZA decision was made on April 2, 2013, when residents of the area packed the City Council chambers to argue against granting the zoning variation to Royal Farms. The residents, many of whom took time off from work to appear at the hearing, argued both about the strict application of the zoning code and about the general disruption and nuisance that the proposed megastation would create in the residential neighborhood. Residents stressed the location of the building, directly across the street from an Enoch Pratt library, at a dangerous 5-way intersection and challenged the proposed megastation, under the Zoning Code, for “the proximity of dwellings, churches, schools, public structures, and other places of public gathering.”
“This station is just bad all the way around,” said Julie Saylor, an irate resident of the area. “It’s right across the street from the library, it’s near public schools. We have set a goal of the Harford Road corridor to reduce auto traffic and emissions in favor of a walkable and family-friendly district—and the megastation ain’t it.”
With no discussion, the BMZA unanimously approved the zoning variance. A critical aspect of the hearing was City Councilman Robert Curran, who sent a letter to BMZA on the morning of the hearing endorsing the variance—even though all of the neighborhood associations had voted to oppose it—and who sat with the Royal Farms attorneys during the hearing and who testified at BMZA in favor of the megastation. At the August, 2012, meeting of the GlenHam/BelHar Association, Curran stated that he would support whatever the community supported. Curran declared personal bankruptcy in June 14, 2013.
This court appeal has two important provisions:
1.Contesting the decision itself and
2.Challenging the procedures of the BMZA, accusing the board of violating the state’s Open Meeting law when it issued a second Resolution on June 13, 2013, without a public hearing. The new appeal also claims that BMZA had no authority to issue a second resolution on June 3 when its initial decision was being appealed. The appeal also accuses the BMZA of “Ex Parte communications” violations (or for the layperson, speaking to one attorney/party without speaking to another party on issues relating to both).
Opponents of the proposed megastation note that under the new proposed zoning code for Baltimore City, a station of this size would not be allowed. Residents of the area testified at the meetings of the City Planning Commission against such stations and a representative of the Commission attended the hearing on April 2nd to inform the BMZA of the proposed changes, which will—in the future—block such a megastation in a residential area.
The protestors also note that Royal Farms has been involved in a series of “bad neighbor” legal cases. In May 2013, Royal Farms agreed to pay a penalty of $600,000.00 for fuel leaks from underground gas tanks in Rosedale and in Cecil County that contaminated drinking water systems.
In another incident, a Baltimore County Circuit Court jury awarded the owner of the Bengie’s Drive-In $838,000 in June, 2012, agreeing with his contention that lights from a neighboring Royal Farms convenience store were a nuisance that interfered with his business. In addition to the court appeal, residents of the surrounding neighborhoods have been picketing on Harford Road, marching down from the proposed site to the existing Royal Farms store at the corner of Harford Road and Echodale. The movement has also developed yards signs, bumper stickers and NoRoFo T-shirts and the members say that the response of people has been great. Several people turned away from the Royal Farms store after getting an explanation from the picketers about the proposed mega-station and there is a move to expand the picketing to other Royal Farms stores.
“We are not opposed to any development of Harford Road,” said Dell Hagen-Rhodes. “There are already too many vacancies but this type of megastation is not what we need. Royal Farms is opening a megastation out on Pulaski Highway and that’s where this kind of station belongs—not in a residential neighborhood. There are also a number of gas stations on Harford Road already, as well as an existing small Royal Farms store, so the proposed megastation adds zero to our area. In fact, it could close up some existing businesses and create more vacant storefronts. We don’t need that. ”
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the road closures in effect for the 20th annual Hamilton Street Festival which will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
In preparation for the event, the following streets will be closed on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 2:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. with detours and parking restrictions in effect: • Harford Road between White and Echodale Avenues • Hamilton Avenue between Hampnett and Richard Avenues
Motorists traveling in this vicinity should be on the watch for pedestrians and are encouraged to use alternate routes.
Plans are moving forward for the expansion of Zion Christian Middle School at 4915 Holder Ave. We are having a special meeting on Monday, July 22nd at 7 PM at Harbel to discuss these plans with a representative of the school.
"The local affiliate of Dress for Success is moving to 5525 Belair Road in June, an expansion that will give the nonprofit more room to outfit low-income women with gently used professional clothing. Dress will occupy about 1,300-square-feet on the lower level and first floor of a rowhouse in the city’s Waltherson neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore." Read more at: http://www.bmoremedia.com/devnews/?page=all&tags=community
Our June newsletter can be found at the link below and our
community meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:45 PM at
Harbel. We will have Mt Zion Hill Baptist Church to discuss plans for a
parking lot at 4803 Harford Road (vacant lot at Southern Ave).
Community PlaySchool is currently enrolling three and four year olds for the 2013/2014 school year.
Our twos program is fully enrolled. Please contact us if you are
interested in getting on the waiting list or scheduling a visit.
We are a play-based preschool for children ages 2 through 5 located in Faith Community United Methodist Church in Northeast
Baltimore's Hamilton Community. We meet September through May, Monday
through Friday from 9am to 12:45 pm with 2, 3, 4 or 5 day schedules. For
more information please send an email to director, Courtney Gardner email@example.com or call 443-814-1211.
The Community PlaySchool is designed to provide a child-centered and individualized arts-enriched program inspired by the Reggio Emilia method. Our philosophy is characterized by these developmental education principles:
- Children learn through play, interaction, problem solving, exploration, and discovery. - Cooperation is more conducive to learning than competition. - Children learn best when they can make choices and set their own goals. - Each child is unique. - Education is an on-going process which is enhanced when the child, teacher and family work together.
At the Community PlaySchool we
value a child’s right to a quality education that celebrates who he or
she is, while providing tools to support ongoing emotional,
intellectual, and creative growth. Our program is designed to deepen and
enrich children’s encounters with the world, their community, and each
We are an affordable, community-based preschool dedicated to inclusion and diversity.
having to share news like this but there was a shooting in the 4000
block of Ridgecroft Rd last night at 12:49 AM that resulted in a
homicide. Major Worley tells us "Homicide is investigating. The suspect
was a black male light complexion with possibly curly hair. They do not
have any info on motive at this point." If you have any information on
this please call the police.
Zion Christian School would like to build a
gymnasium and 2 classrooms on the field at 4919 Holder Ave (between
Walther and Holder). DOT has contacted us asking if there are any
traffic issues that need to be addressed. We don't have much information
yet but please let your friends & neighbors nearby know. We've put
a note about it on our NextDoor page for feedback.
Baltimore City schools have closed today and we are canceling
our scheduled community meeting tonight. If you are faced with an ice or snow
covered street and you would like the City to plow and/or salt,
please either call 311 or make a request via 311 online at: https://baltimore.customerservicerequest.org/web_intake_balt/Home.mvc/Index. Please ensure you convey the
entire portion of the street you would like plowed and/or salted.
I.E. if you want the 4500-4800 Blks. Harford Road plowed and
salted you need to indicate that in the request. If you merely
input the 4800 Blk. Harford Rd., they may only salt and/or plow
Additionally, we have launched a private social network for
Waltherson using a website called nextdoor. On our site, neighbors
can share community events, recommendations, items for sale/free,
crime/safety concerns, ideas about how to make our neighborhood
better, and more.
are some spectacular homes on the tour this month. Homes are selling
fast. Don't miss this opportunity to see what Hamilton-Lauraville has
to offer. Tell your friends and family to come and find the home of
their dreams this Saturday, March 9 from 12 - 3 pm
Event: Meeting re: Herring Run Park & the Harford Road Bridge over Herring Run
Day of Week: Monday
Date: Feb. 4, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Ray of Hope Baptist Church at 3000 Parkside Drive, Baltimore, MD 21214
Friends of Herring Run Parks invite you to a public meeting regarding
Herring Run Park. A brief history of the Herring Run Park Master Plan
will be presented. Also, the Baltimore City Departments of Public Works,
Transportation and Recreation and Parks will provide an update on
current and future projects in Herring Run Park. The centerpiece of the
meeting is the discussion with community members.
The 12/5 WIA Meeting was
opened by 2nd Vice President Frank
He introduced Lt. Swan,
Firefighter Pierson & CO Adkins from Engine Co #56, 6512 Harford Rd.
Lt. Swan spoke about the
importance of CO & smoke detectors in the home.
Both are required by law in
Baltimore City. The Fire Department provides free smoke detectors, which are available
through 311. A fact sheet was passed out.
Next, Off. Blumberg from BPD
Neighborhood Services Unit spoke about how to avoid being a victim of theft during
the X-Mas season, including disposing of product packaging so that new items
are not obvious (particularly electronics), keeping home exteriors well lit all
night, use an inexpensive LOUD alarm, and engrave personal property with your
Drivers License #. Other tips to deter crime are: avoid walking alone, carry handbags
under your coat, don’t walk & talk on your cell phone and be aware of people
around you, including making eye contact.
The PD will do free security
assessments of your house, this can be scheduled through the Neighborhood
Lastly he invited WIA to “Coffee
with a Cop” on 12/15 from 9:30am -
11:00am at McDonald's, 5713 Belair Rd. to meet the officers that patrol our neighborhood
& discuss any concerns. If attendance is good this will become a regular event.
Other upcoming events are:
12/15 “Goods for Guns” from 10:00am – 2:00pm at
City College on E. 33rd St
12/17 Christmas caroling and
visiting with residents of Angel’s Cove, 5404 Belair Rd - Christmas caroling and
visiting with residents at 6:30pm
Brandon Scott invited us to
celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office on 12/6, He then discussed
the upcoming BMZA hearing for an automotive repair & body shop at 4700-4706
Belair Rd. He is not personally in favor, “as car lots have caused vacancies in
the corridor, and we need to have businesses that are good stewards to the
neighborhood”. He will speak to the zoning board about WIA’s position (not in
favor). Some discussion ensued regarding the current zoning status of the
property, and zoning changes needing approval to have this type of business.
Councilman Scott reiterated
his concerns about the Belair Rd. corridor and has handed out a booklet to
business owners on Code Enforcement. Enforcement has begun.
Unofficially he told us that
a new use the former “Hacienda” property (which has been demolished) is in
progress & that it is something positive for the area,
Another addition is a new
Sports Bar/Restaurant on Belair at Glenmore which is being opened by the owner
of Darker Than Blue (on Greenmount Ave)
Continuing discussion of noise
and other issues with a Church conducting services etc. in a private home on
Ailsa at Arabia, included Councilman Scott and Mike Hilliard. Mike Hilliard
volunteered to contact the Church after receiving their information.
Jordan Paley, Zach Bradley
and Joanna Parker from Public Allies (part of AmeriCorps) spoke about their
project. Their team of 8 people will be working through June(?) with HLMS to
enhance community engagement through development of ideas and projects. The
project is through the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Team
Service Project They are available several hours a week for anything we feel
would benefit our community. Past projects include Health Fairs; clean ups and
greenspace planting. Joanna can be reached at 707-327-7740, and Susan Kessel
has additional contact info.
Francis Beane has
volunteered to help members understand the “Transform Baltimore” the draft of the new Baltimore City
Zoning Code Legislation, as it is important for us to discuss and be aware of
the changes. These include changes for institutions, businesses and new
At WIA’s January 2nd
Meeting - New officers will begin their terms