Picture of the Day: Retaining Wall

It's been more than a year since this retaining wall collapsed.

Neighbors said they see rats coming in and out of the pile of rocks that was once a retaining wall on Mulligan Hill Lane. The business behind the wall -- Ghost Town Odditorium -- is hidden behind the rocks, no longer visible from the road. At least a half-dozen parking spaces are sitting unused (some under the rocks) in the county parking lot there.

The retaining wall collapsed in early September of last year after heavy rains and flooding during Tropical Storm Lee.

Before the CSX train derailment, Howard County Public Works Deputy Director Mark Deluca said the county was working with St. Paul's Church to find a solution that both parties could agree on. He said the county had provided several alternate solutions to the church.

Chief of the Public Works Department Transportation and Special Projects, Steve Sharar said Tuesday afternoon that the county is still compiling information that the church requested.

"With this, we hope that they will be able to make a decision about which of the plans they can accept," Sharar wrote. "This will allow us to move forward."


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J. W. Huey October 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
There is absolutely no excuse for this eyesore to have not been corrected in over a year. I fervently hope, and have expressed as much to all involved, that the wall is restored to its former appearance as an historically appropriate 19th century granite wall, and not some sort of "fake stone" excrescence similar to the wall bordering the church along St. Paul Street. I can`t imagine why the church would be holding up the process. They certainly managed to get approval for their "Evangelization Center", which couldn`t be more historically inappropriate and out of place, in short order. Having to look at that building every time I pass it gives me cause for concern as to what will replace the collapsed wall, and when. The
Maia October 11, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Amen! J. W. Huey:)
anon October 11, 2012 at 04:42 AM
JW, I agree, and renew the question I have asked before: what exactly does the Historic District Commission do? Doesn't it have something to do with maintaining the historic characteristics of all structures and features in the historic district?


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