Local officials said today that the Radebaugh family has signed a contract to sell a portion of its property off Aigburth Avenue to the county. The county would then build a park on the property.
Radebaugh is not closing; this is excess land — located on the other side of Burke Avenue from their shop — that they are selling.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced in June 2015 that the county would purchase the 2.5-acre property for $1.1 million to create a park. Since then, the project had stalled.
“An environmental study still needs to be done to determine if there is contamination; once that is back, and hopefully any issues resolved, the contract will be sent to the County Council for approval. The General Assembly provided funding to help with demolition and improvements to the property,” according to a statement from Sen. Jim Brochin, Del. Steve Lafferty, and Councilman David Marks.
“I am very pleased that the Radebaughs have reached an agreement with the county to sell some its land to create a much-needed park in Towson,” Lafferty said. “I was glad to help obtain state funds to make this idea a reality. The Radebaughs will be able to continue its core business in Towson while the community will have more open space. This deal will benefit all.”
Marks said it had been “an excruciatingly tedious process, but we are finally near the end.”
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped, but particularly the Radebaugh family,” Marks said. “Thanks to their patience, this will be the new first public park in Towson in two decades.”
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