Fort Howard developer signs agreement with county to avoid code violation fines
The developer of Fort Howard signed an agreement with Baltimore County Friday, Feb. 24, which would allow him to escape fines totaling more than $100,000 in exchange for fixing several safety and fire code violations on the property.
Timothy Munshell, of Fort Howard Development LLC, and his company had been facing up to $68,000 in fines from the county for failure to address problems of fire safety and security of the buildings on the premises. That amount was in addition to nearly $45,000 in unpaid fines levied against the developer more than a year ago for the same issues.
Fort Howard, the 100-acre former military installation owned by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has been slated for redevelopment since the veterans hospital on the site officially closed in 2002. The site has been fully vacant since the VA closed its outpatient clinic there in March 2016.
Over the last several years, the property has been the site of a number of incidents where people have illegally entered the property, causing destruction to several buildings through fire and vandalism.