Expansion draws crowds, resources
Due to increasing crowds, residents and businesses of uptown Towson could expect to see an increased amount of resources, including security and transportation, funneled to the area.
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks said that Towson is the target of a revitalization, which makes it a destination spot and creates a higher need of these services.
This announcement follows incidents that occurred at the Recher Theatre two weeks ago, which resulted in six individuals arrested on second-degree assault charges and various other indictments.
“I think right now the police are concentrating on some things they can do with the resources they have,” he said. “They are seeing what the bars can do, letting out at different times.”
Freshman Jessica Ash said more security is needed with the recent influx of students uptown, especially because incidents near the campus reflects poorly on Towson, even if it isn’t a University-related event.
“If there’s going to be more people they need the security to maintain that amount of people,” she said.
Senior Jennifer Reese went to a fraternity party after Towson’s homecoming and the crowds were unchecked, she said.
“When you walk around campus or Towson, you don’t see many cops,” she said. “I think there should be more police walking.”
Hafford said about 50 students were brought to the Chamber of Commerce as part of a project to discuss what can make the business district more friendly for Towson University students, such as discounted parking.
Marks has considered developing a business improvement district, in which the property owners will pay more fees and in return will receive increased security, landscaping and marketing benefits.
Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce Nancy Hafford said if Towson becomes a business improvement district, it won’t be for a few years.
“There is always a possibility as things change but right now were very fortunate to have wonderful developers who moved into the area who are willing to contribute,” she said.
Marks said officials are considering better transportation methods, such as something similar to the Charm City Circulator in Baltimore.
President of the Greater Towson Council of Community Association David Kosak said he and Baltimore County Police are evaluating these issues.
“You’re bringing more people in to make it an urban setting and we want to make sure the police have the adequate resources,” Kosak said. “As Towson starts to represent a larger portion of the Baltimore County population … we want to make sure that’s reflected in the number of resources and officers in the police department.”