Council hears support for bill that could downsize of East Towson development, concern measure could lead to lawsuit

While many Towson residents voiced support Tuesday for a bill that would effectively cut in half the height of the proposed Red Maple Place housing development, Baltimore County’s attorney testified to the county council that its passage would make the county vulnerable to a lawsuit for violating the Fair Housing Act.

The bill up for discussion, proposed by County Councilman David Marks, restricts the height of multifamily buildings within 500 feet of the downtown Towson district to no more than 30 feet, or roughly two-and-a-half stories tall.

But much of Tuesday’s discussion of this bill focused on Red Maple Place, a proposed 56-unit affordable housing complex nearing the end of its development review process. It would be located on Joppa Road on a sloping piece of land where opponents say development would exacerbate stormwater runoff into a branch of the Herring Run river.

Dana Johnson, president and chief executive officer

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Melbourne trains not cleaned properly during COVID by contractor paying off Metro manager, inquiry hears


In the conversation played to the hearings on Thursday, Mr Bollas takes issue with Transclean’s poor cleaning of Melbourne’s trains during the pandemic.

“The state is paying you more now, to do more work which you’re not doing,” Mr Bollas says on the phone call to Mr Haritos.

Mr Haritos responds: “I am.”

Later, Mr Bollas says: “They didn’t even f—ing spray the train.”

Mr Haritos: “I know because they were satisfied, because the trains weren’t sprayed … they were happy the state was spotless, and that’s why they left. They went back to the job where they were.”

Further on in the conversation, Mr Hartos says: “One was clean, they were clean.”

Transclean staff cleaning a Metro train carriage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transclean staff cleaning a Metro train carriage during the COVID-19 pandemic.Credit:Metro Trains

Mr Bollas: “Doesn’t matter, they have to be f—ing sprayed, you’re not listening. We’re paying you to f—ing spray them.” He added:

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