As the 2016-2017 academic year begins, I wanted to welcome both new and returning students to Towson University. I am honored to represent Towson University and nearby neighborhoods on the Baltimore County Council.
Towson University is a leading academic institution, and my colleagues and I in the county government are glad you chose this campus as the place to pursue your education. Baltimore County is stronger because of Towson University. Many of you will graduate and work in the area; you are our next generation of scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
While studying at Towson University, you will be part of a growing community. Over the past six years, there has been a major emphasis on redeveloping Downtown Towson. Walking up York Road, you will notice major construction at Towson Row, soon to be the site of a Whole Foods supermarket, apartments, restaurants and other businesses. The long-dormant Towson Commons is experiencing new life. Townhouses are being built in east Towson, and luxury apartments in West Towson near Washington Avenue. And I’m sure you will catch a movie or enjoy a bite to eat at Towson Square.
To better prepare for the growth that is transforming Downtown Towson, I have pushed for new initiatives like the Towson circulator, a free shuttle that will whisk people all around the area. Governor Larry Hogan’s administration has been very supportive of this concept. We are also working to improve bike and pedestrian connections throughout Downtown Towson.
Over the past few years, Towson University’s leaders have worked very hard to improve relations with the surrounding neighborhoods. The vast majority of students, I believe, are good neighbors. Baltimore County did pass legislation earlier this year that increases penalties on unruly renters and landlords in neighborhoods
I want to thank you for being good neighbors, and for participating in the shared community we call Towson. I meet regularly with President Kim Schatzel and am very excited about her plans for the campus and for Towson University’s future. Best wishes, again, as you start the new year.