Fifth District Baltimore County Councilman David Marks gave an update about the proposed Gerst Farm project in Perry Hall.
Gerst Farm is located at 9328 Gerst Road behind the Honeygo Village Center and near the Joppa and Cowenton road traffic circle in Perry Hall.
Members of the local community had concerns of adding more traffic to the area and adding to an already overcrowded school system. The original plan called for the building of 317 townhomes/rowhomes on 47.61 acres of land.
I would like to thank the dozens of Perry Hall residents who attended the first of three virtual meetings on roads, open space, and amenities in the Gerst Road corridor.
The overall theme of the discussion concerned the reconstruction of Gerst Road. Most residents who spoke seemed to support a road that is “pinched” with islands or some form of traffic calming to reduce speeding. There was support for dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks to improve mobility.
Residents from the Honeygo Village Center who spoke were concerned about connections to any future development at the Gerst Farm. The Strawbridge Terrace/Thomas Rankin Way connection was of particular concern. There was a suggestion to guide pedestrians to crosswalks near the existing roundabout.
Indian Trail Way and Thomas Rankin Way need to be evaluated. Options such as a traffic circle and/or speed humps are needed along Scott Moore Way.
The Glenfield Road entrance to Glenside Farms is still privately-owned.
Much discussion concerned the future of Gerst and Joppa Roads. Residents supported regrading the route to reduce the danger of cresting the hill from the south, which is important if there are no plans to widen the road.
In general, there was an appreciation for the connectivity in other residential projects such as Kentlands in Montgomery County. Information about that project can be found here: https://www.kentlands.com/home.