Monday, March 25, 2013
Baltimore-area Patch readers speak their minds.
This week, Patch readers took to the comment streams to defend police captains in trouble, discuss the future of a historic property and talk about dog bits. Here’s what your neighbors are saying: Hunt Valley-Cockeysville: "The whole point is to NOT FLUSH THEM down the toilet. We have a big issue where our sewage treatment plants cannot take the medications out of the sludge, and then it goes on into the bay and our water table, and wreaks havoc on fish. Just do a web search on anti-depressants and fish." – Tony Gostomski via Facebook on Cockeysville Precinct Serves as Drop Off for DEA Program Catonsville: "I believe that Catonsville has a moral responsibility to preserve the history of the people who lived at Spring Grove. It would be …
The CEO of a Catonsville tech firm makes the case for a development with commercial, residential and recreational space at Spring Grove.
Spring Grove is such a lovely open area and absolutely needs much of the land preserved for recreational space and historical purposes. At the same time Catonsville has a huge opportunity it should embrace. We need to consider what the “Millennials” will want and start shifting in that direction. If not, as our current population retires and passes away, West Baltimore will expand and additional crime and dilapidation could take root. Since the recession there has been a big spotlight on “Main Street” vs. “Wall Street.” The up and coming generation of Millennials want to in fact shop on a main street setting and malls and big box stores are closing in numbers. Columbia has a big plan to fabricate a main street and knock down parts of the …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
What do you think should be done with the land at Spring Grove Hospital?
About a year ago, the state released a study that outlined potential uses of the land at the Spring Grove Hospital. Those uses included land for a new hospital, land for the expansion of UMBC’s research park, land for recreation space and land for mixed-use development. In a letter to The Baltimore Sun, Catonsville resident Dean Tippett says the space should be used for recreational fields. “The availability of ample acreage on the Spring Grove campus affords a rare opportunity to amend this situation,” he wrote. “If Spring Grove can be re-developed into playing fields for our children, we can encourage more tournament play in our area, further preparing our youth for better high school and, eventually, college sports play.” Tell us: What …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Baltimore Sun reported that there are frequent assaults on staff, as well as other problems at the hospital.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Office use as well as science and research space have the biggest potential for economic impact.
The redevelopment of Spring Grove Hospital has the potential for huge economic impact in the region, with the greatest benefit being utilizing part of its land for office space and research and development, a state study found. The findings came from a study commissioned by the state and conducted by the Maryland Development Economic Corporation. A copy of the study was obtained by Patch. The $50,000 study was included in last year’s state budget to look into redevelopment of the land after Spring Grove consolidates its services on the 190-acre property. The hospital is an inpatient psychiatric facility that has been at its location on Wade Avenue since 1853. It is the second oldest continually operating psychiatric hospital in the United …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Report from state will be ready in the middle of December.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Study aims to consider development of vast mental hospital campus.
According to a recent Patch report, state lawmakers are putting $50,000 in the budget to begin studying whether and how Spring Grove could be developed. The 200-acre campus sits on a vast swath of state property that stretches from Frederick Road through Arbutus to Route 1. Over the years portions of the land were parceled out for UMBC, CCBC and expressways. Founded in 1797, Spring Grove is the second-oldest continuously operating psychiatric hospital in the United States. Spring Grove still has 449 beds, the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, offices of the state Mental Health Administration, and housing for the homeless. Although still actively in operation, most of Spring Grove is an institutional ghost town, with massive buildings …
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Review to look at need for new hospital, uses by UMBC, recreation space and mixed use development.
The House of Delegates Wednesday added a requirement to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed 2012 budget that would require a study of possible uses for the Spring Grove Hospital Center. The money would have to be used for a contract with the Maryland Economic Development Corporation to create a redevelopment plan for the aging state mental hospital facility located in Catonsville. The plan would be created in conjunction with the state Departments of Planning and Business and Economic Development. The amendment earmarks $50,000 in O'Malley's proposed budget for a study of possible uses of the property including the need for a new hospital as well as using parts of the property for University of Maryland, Baltimore County, recreation space and …