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County May Lose Parking With Retaining Wall Fix

The county is working to accomodate the church that sits above the collapsed wall.

Howard County is still entertaining its options for restoration of a retaining wall that collapsed in Ellicott City during Tropical Storm Lee, according to a county official.

In mid-June, Howard County Public Works Deputy Director at the intersection of St. Paul Street, Maryland Avenue and Mulligan’s Hill Lane, where the wall collapsed.

Wednesday afternoon, however, he said that the current plan might see the loss of a couple of the metered spaces. Although the county was “satisfied” that it, not , owned the portion of the wall that collapsed, DeLuca said the updated plans were in part, to accommodate the church. 

The church sits at the top of the hill that the retaining wall is built along.

“We’re entertaining some other options because of some issues that we’re having with the design and any kind of future use that the church may have for their property,” DeLuca

He added that additional changes may be in store.

“We may change the design slightly to accommodate them and we might lose two spots,” he said.

The design, he said, which is not yet definite, would move the wall out toward the parking lot. ‪Before the wall collapsed, there were five head-in spots. With the new design, there will be three parallel spots.

DeLuca did say that the building that abuts the wall, tattoo shop, will not be affected.  

“We don’t anticipate that the wall’s going to extend all the way over to the tattoo shop,” he said. “They won’t lose a window, they won’t lose a wall.” 

“I don’t believe that’s the plan,” he added. “But we’re not 100 percent sure.”

DeLuca referred Patch to Steve Sharar, chief of the department’s engineering division. Sharar could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. 

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Terri McCulley Hicks August 02, 2012 at 12:39 PM
So tax payers will foot the bill, loose parking spaces, and make accomedations so St. Pauls can continue with any plans to upgrade areas of the Church property? interesting. Heres hoping Zoning and Engineering will makes sure any up grades by the church don't send the walls of Jericho tumbling down again. just saying.
Nick Nichols August 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM
sad indeed
Brandie Jefferson August 02, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I should add (from the previous articles) about 75 percent of the funding is coming from FEMA.

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