Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has persuaded the developer of the proposed Royal Farms gas station in downtown Towson to meet with the surrounding community to consider a change in the proposed project that would eliminate the gas station component of the development plan.
Developer Caves Valley Partners has a County Council-approved contract to redevelop the county-owned site at York Road and Bosley Avenue into a retail center that would include a Royal Farms convenience store with a 24 hour gas station. Despite multiple Council approvals of the project, there is still some community opposition to the gas station aspect of the proposal.
This past Monday, the County Council tabled a proposal to revoke the gas station plan. Nevertheless, in response to a request by Council Chair Tom Quirk, Kamenetz has met with the developers and they have agreed to reach out to the community to discuss a compromise. Caves Valley Partners has suggested that elimination of the gas station aspect of the project could result in a request to reduce the current purchase price of $8.3 million.
Any renegotiation of the purchase price would have to be approved by the County Council. Kamenetz has requested that Chairman Quirk assist in the mediation discussion between the developer and the community. County Executive Kamenetz has requested a deadline of thirty days to pursue the mediation.