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Poll: Do You Support a Medical Building on Kenwood Avenue?

Many nearby residents who spoke at a recent community input meeting were against the proposal.

At a recent community input meeting on the proposed Southwest Physicians Pavilion, many residents of the Kenwood Gardens Condominiums across the street spoke out against it.

Patch wants to know, are you in support of the project? The land has been zoned commercial or OR-1 since the 1980s. Whalen Properties would like to develop roughly 2 acres of of the land for a four-story medical building that sits on top of a three-story garage.

Sidewalk and road improvements will also be made to Kenwood Avenue as a result of the project, but many residents said the project would bring too much traffic to Kenwood Avenue and Wilkens Avenue.

Do you have concerns about the project even though you don't live near there? Or do you think it's something that is inevitable for the land?

Greg Menke January 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Steve I think you're the only one who believes this will be much more than the usual modern colored cement monolith- basically the cheapest building you can put up to house your tennants- nothing will stop it from being huge and out of place on that tiny lot compared to everything else in the area. Though if you get your wish and put in your megacomplex on the Spring Grove property then I suppose it'll fit in like all the big buildings do around the beltway in Reisterstown & Towson. Just what Catonsville needs. You know, we moved to this area from Frederick because of the unrestrained development up there was such a mess, it seemed like there was a better sense of community here and an understanding of the value of space and scale. It seems that around here that only applies to those living well outside the beltway such as yourself and Councilman Quirk.
Stephen W Whalen Jr January 09, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Greg -- I'm sorry that you're so cynical. I've lived in Catonsville my entire 61 years and I love this place, but I have no illusions that things won't continue to change. That soon-to-be 10 lane stretch behind our property is an interstate highway with 230,000 vehicles daily, not a little country road. If you can't build intensity on the Beltway ramp (otherwise known as Smart Growth), then you can't put it anywhere. BTW, neither the Councilman nor I live that far from the Beltway, and I also have the lyrical sounds of I-95 lull me to sleep most nites. There's no reason why a small sector of 21228, along the interstate spine which runs down the middle of our community, cannot support higher intensity, upscale development. There is no reason why -- properly located -- that density can't coexist compatibly w the existing fabric of our community, but rather add an additional higher-end dimension to it. Lastly, I guess you'll just have to take my word for it, but we will build this building to a considerably higher architectural standard than anything else in Catonsville. On the contrary to your comments, this project will be much more expensive to construct than any existing structures in the area, and we firmly believe that our design will be top-drawer, neoclassical, and iconic. Monolithic is the furthest thing from what this architecture will project.
Marie Castaway January 24, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Your proposed iconic building looks more like an eyesore, sorry. Aren't there enough already exisiting buildings you can revitalize and us? Amazing to me how terrible our schools look while these awful looking new buildings are built just instantly.
Stephen W Whalen Jr January 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Well, Marie, we're always open to creative and positive suggestions to improve the quality of the architecture and the project's appearance. BTW, the rendering at the top of this column has been completely revamped in light of comments we've received from the Planning Office and a number of professional architects. Not sure I understand your schools comment or what that has to do with us. Rest assured, the LAST thing that can be said about our project is that it is being built "instantly" -- we've been discussing it publicly since November, 2010, and it will be at least 2014 before we can complete construction. Just so you know the facts, of course.
George@Maryland Residential Realty August 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
You know, Howard County will welcome them with open arms. They like adding jobs and a healthy tax base.

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