Jones Falls Valley Master Plan Preliminary Report Released

by Eileen Gillan
        A preliminary report on the Jones Falls Valley is now available for public review and comment.

       The 24-page illustrated document provides a compilation of ideas collected from community focus groups and a planning charette held earlier this year.

       The preliminary plan suggests a vision for the valley, reviews a range of issues and opportunities relating to the environment, historic preservation, economic development, tourism, accessibility, and neighborhood stability and sustainability. The study area reaches from Lake Roland to the Pennsylvania (AMTRAK) railroad station.

       The report also includes historical information about the Jones Falls Valley.

       “The publication of this preliminary document represents the mid-point in the planning process,” said William P. Miller, executive director of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation. “The next step will be holding four additional community forums to discuss its contents and additional ideas.”

       The dates, times, and places for these forums are as follows:

       Jones Falls Master Plan Forums

       Wednesday October 11
       7:00- 8:30 PM
       Cylburn Arboretum Mansion House, Room D
       4315 Greenspring Avenue

       Saturday October 21
       9:30- 11:00 AM
       3800 Buena Vista Avenue

       Saturday November 4
       9:30- 11:00 AM
       Roland Park Place, 2nd Floor
       830 West 40th Street

       Tuesday November 21
       7:00- 8:30 PM
       The Elm, 3100 Elm Avenue

       A final plan will be completed in the spring of 2001.

       The planning effort is lead by a steering committee including representatives from the Baltimore Development Corporation, Baltimore Zoo, Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Jones Falls Watershed Association, Mass Transit Administration, Parks and People Foundation, and Streuver Bros., Eccles & Rouse. AB Associates is the lead consultant on the project.

       Funding for the Jones Falls Valley Master Planning effort comes from The Abell Foundation, Baltimore Development Corporation, Maryland Historic Trust, Morris Goldseker Foundation of Maryland, State of Maryland Neighborhood Business Development Program (tax credits), Streuver Bros., Eccles & Rouse, and private contributions.

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This story was published on October 4, 2000.