The row of brick duplexes on Yakona Road in Towson has been empty for months, the occupants gone after reaching a settlement with Hess Corp. over claims that a leaking gasoline tank had contaminated their properties. This summer, the houses are scheduled to be razed, and a 2-acre park is to be built in their place.

But while some neighborhood residents welcome the new park, others are raising concerns. They fear they might be financially responsible for maintenance costs and worry that it will attract criminals.

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