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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Maryland to hold open house for West Baltimore MARC station project

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Regional Transportation District

The Maryland Transit Administration is seeking community participation at the July 20th Public Information Open House for the West Baltimore MARC Station Parking Expansion & Enhancement Project. The Open House is an opportunity for the community to learn about the demolition and resulting changes to traffic and parking, review draft designs for the parking expansion, and see how the project will work with the existing streets, the Red Line, and future Transit-Oriented Development.

The event will also provide residents a chance to discuss how the project can improve neighborhood connections and address pedestrian, traffic, and parking concerns.

The interactive event will feature a community-visioning component in which participants can share their ideas for landscaping and community art initiatives. Children will also be able to participate in hands-on exercises about community beautification and safety.

The public open house will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Bentalou Recreation Center in Baltimore. Information will also be posted on the project's website,, for those unable to attend the meeting or those who want to submit questions or comments on the project.

The expansion of the West Baltimore MARC station parking area is the first step in rebuilding and "greening" the areas surrounding the station.  Phase I of the project is Demolition, which is scheduled to begin this summer, and will provide space for the parking expansion and community beautification efforts. A majority of the roadway features associated with the old I-170 construction, also known as the "Highway to Nowhere," will be removed between Fulton Avenue and Pulaski Street.  Ramps, roadway pavement, and retaining walls will be removed. The MTA is taking preventative measures to ensure safe traveling conditions throughout the area during the demolition process.

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