RPCL Update on Land Development Issues

Dear Neighbors- as 2019 draws to a close and the new year approaches, the Roland Park Civic League (RPCL) wishes to update our members and residents on several important local land use issues. 

1. On Friday, December 20, 2019 a ruling by the Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated Baltimore City Ordinance 2017-037, a planned urban development (PUD) for the Overlook at Roland Park. This decision remands the matter to Baltimore’s Mayor and City Council for further consideration. While some media headlines imply this means the project will not be built, that still remains to be decided.  Linked here are the related legal documents: a brief Order and lengthy Memorandum Opinion.

2. A local developer is currently in negotiations to acquire the commercial portion of the Village at Cross Keys and seeking our community’s support for their plans there.

3. This fall, Baltimore Country Club (BCC) members were invited by management to participate in focus groups revisiting future options for their Roland Park Campus. Results have not yet been shared publicly, but are anticipated in 2020. The RPCL collaborates on this matter with the Roland Park Community Foundation, who serve as the lead advocate for preserving this prominent open space, including the possibility of acquiring the land for public use. 

More details on each of the above will be shared at our next regular monthly Board Meeting scheduled Wednesday evening 7-9pm, January 8, 2020 in the basement community room of Roland Park Presbyterian, 4801 Roland Avenue at Upland Rd. In order for us to honor the confidentiality agreement between the potential Cross Keys developer and the current owners, our January meeting will be restricted to Roland Park residents and closed to the press. 

Please watch for ongoing communications concerning these matters and more on the RPCL website, social media , by subscribing to our e-letter and by contacting your plat representatives and officers who are committed to representing you. 

Bob Connors, President
Roland Park Civic League

Twelve Days of Holiday Meals for Heroes

 

The Roland Park Civic League is organizing a very special Twelve Days of Holiday Meals for Heroes. We’re looking for teams to work together to create a delicious dinner for our local First Responders at the Roland Park Fire Station, who spend time away from their families over the holidays so that we may remain safe.

Please join us in saying “Thank You” for their dedication and sacrifice. This is a wonderful opportunity to team up as family members, neighbors, friends or colleagues to create and deliver a delicious meal to our local heroes. Please sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/409044dafa629a13-12days for a day between Saturday, December 21st, and Wednesday, January 1st (the “Twelve Days of Christmas”) to prepare a nutritious entree, a side dish or two, and a dessert. When you select your preferred date, please provide your name (or group name) and a contact phone number.

The meal should feed at least eight and be delivered to the Fire Station at 2 Upland Road ready to eat by no later than 5:30 pm. There are no known food allergies among the First Responders.

Please address questions about the Twelve Days of Holiday Meals for Heroes to Kate Culotta at krculotta@msn.com.

Holiday Cheer at December RPCL Meeting

The December 4th Civic League meeting will feature holiday snacks, beer and wine! Join your fellow residents for some mingling before and after the meeting agenda. Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 7-9PM.

Also, please note that the January Civic League meeting will take place Wednesday, January 8th (due to holiday on Jan. 1). Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 7-9PM.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our commitment to the greater community continues with our 2nd annual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Langston Hughes Center in neighboring Park Heights. This Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd we join up with Eddie’s of Roland Park to collect everything the Langston Hughes Center will need for their annual Thanksgiving meal. They are going to try and do 2 dinners this year, so let’s show our wonderful RP generosity by supplying everything they need!

Members of RPCL will be collecting your donations at the Roland Avenue store on Saturday and at the Charles Street store on Sunday. We will be there from 1 to 3PM each day. Eddie’s will supply printed shopping lists with many sale items to make it easy to donate. Just make your purchase and hand to a RPCL member to place in our collection boxes as you exit the store. We will make a big trip out to Langston Hughes with all the stuffing, yams, turkeys, and hams just like we did last year.

If you cannot make it to one of these drive days, drop your donation off at our Civic League office, 2nd floor of 5115B Roland Avenue. Checks should be made out to RPCL, and we will use these funds to purchase the perishable items such as turkeys and hams and roasts closer to Thanksgiving week.

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

The festivity continues in Roland Park on Halloween evening when the Roland Park Civic League once again teams up with the RP Presbyterian Church as we host a trick or treat station on Upland on Halloween evening from 6 to 8PM.  We will have plenty of candy including dairy, egg, and nut free options along with warm cider to keep the Halloween revelers and their parents sustained!  You might even see your RPCL president in a kilt!

Community Meeting-10/5/19 Stony Run, Oakdale Meadow

Saturday, October 5, 11:30am-12:30pm-gather just north of the Oakdale entrance.

The Roland Park Community Foundation invites Stony Run walkers and neighbors to hear ideas, examine plans, and ask questions about coming improvements to the Stony Run Oakdale Meadow area in implementation of the Upper Stony Run Strategic Plan. Tom McGilloway, principal at design firm Mahan Rykiel, will be on site to present proposed strategies to define the pathway, divert excess water, and add plantings — all with the goal of making a walk along Stony Run a less muddy and more pleasurable experience. Following the presentation, Tom will be taking questions.

Afterwards, walk south along Stony Run path to Linkwood Park, where Friends of Stony Run hosts The Urban Bird Festival, beginning at 1pm.

22nd Annual 4th of July Parade in Roland Park

Come help us celebrate in our beloved annual Roland Park 4th of July Parade, which is now in its 22nd year. The festivities will begin at 10 am on Thursday, July 4th with a reading from the Declaration of Independence on the library steps. The parade will start in front of the library and proceed south down Roland Avenue, led by our local fire truck to the intersection at Upland Road. There will be ice pops for everyone and, if history is a guide, the firefighters will hook up a hose to the hydrant to cool us all down. The Roland Park Presbyterian Church will once again open its doors to offer bathrooms, water and air conditioning for those who need to cool down. Please join us in your brightest and boldest red, white and blue regalia, and be sure to decorate your bikes, strollers and pets!

Civic League meetings in June and July

The monthly meeting of the Roland Park Civic League in June has been rescheduled to June 20, 2019 from 7 to 9 PM at Roland Park Presbyterian Church.

There will be no meeting in July due to the Independence Day holiday.

The Civic League typically meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 4801 Roland Avenue, from 7-9 p.m. Baltimore City representatives, including from the Fire and Police departments, regularly attend to give reports and receive feedback from the community. All are welcome. The church is located on the northeast corner of Roland Avenue and Upland Road. Parking is available on the street. If you wish to place an item on the agenda, send your request to CivicLeague@RolandPark.org. Visit our calendar to see the dates of upcoming meetings.

Save the date for the 2019 Spring Celebration!

Save the date for the 2019 Spring Celebration!

April 26, 2019

Location: The Woman’s Club of Roland Park, 4500 Roland Avenue

Join your neighbors for the Roland Park Community Foundation’s annual fundraiser!

Featuring “celebrity” neighborhood bartenders, light fare provided by local restaurants and the ever-popular Wine Auction.

Tickets available online in early 2019.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact foundationoffice@rolandpark.org.

Read more about the Roland Park Community Foundation here: https://rolandpark.org/organizationscommittees/roland-park-community-foundation/

2018 Annual 4th of July Parade

Come help us celebrate in our beloved Annual Roland Park 4th of July Parade now in its 21st year, from 10AM-12Noon on Wednesday, July 4. The parade will start in front of the library with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Delegate Sandy Rosenberg and some words from our elected officials. Then we will parade down Roland Avenue behind the local fire truck to the intersection at Upland Road. There will be ice pops for everyone, and if history is a guide, the fire trucks might even hook up a hose to the hydrant to spray us all. The Roland Park Presbyterian Church will open its doors to offer us bathrooms, water and air conditioning for those who need to cool down. Please join us in your brightest and boldest red, white and blue regalia and be sure to decorate your bikes, strollers and pets!

This year, we also plan to have commemorative T-shirt’s for sale the week before and during the parade. 100% of the proceeds will go to funding the philanthropic giving of the Civic League!!

Afterwards, please send your favorite snapshots from the event to rpcommunication@rolandpark.org so we can commemorate the event here on our website.

Let’s go Roland Park!