The Bel Air Athletic Club, seeking to add a sports medicine clinic, has won the first major exemption to a building moratorium on the southwest side of Bel Air.
The clinic project and several others havebeen stalled by a moratorium on sewer hookups south and west of MainStreet in Bel Air that will last until a key sewage pumping station is expanded. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 1992.
Exemptions to the moratorium can be granted for reconstruction, hardships, emergencies and medical facilities. Jackie Ludwig, a civil engineer in the county Department of Public Works, said, "A medical facility is for the good of the community, so we granted the exemption."
The clinic, which will be run by Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital, will have a staff trained in treating sports and work-related injuries. Plans include an X-ray room, a spine center with a physician trained in spinal-related injuries, and a program that will help injured workers retrain for their jobs in a simulated work environment.
Ludwig said the Union Memorial Sports Medicine Clinic is the eighth project to be exempted from the moratorium imposed in March 1990 by county administrators. Exemptions have included one for a man who was putting a second bathroom in his house because his father was moving in and one for Bud's Car Wash to add two new bays with water-saving devices.
The county reviews building permits under an agreement with the town.
The building moratorium was imposed because the Plumtree Run Sewage Pumping Station, which pumps 2 million gallons of sewage daily, was near overload. When the $1 million expansion is completed next year, the station will be able to pump 8 million gallons ofsewage daily.
Earlier this year, state officials stepped in and extended the building moratorium.
Initially, Harford Mall owners BTR Realty and other developers had struck an agreement with the countythat projects in the affected section of Bel Air could proceed up tothe point that a sewer hookup would be needed. The agreement alloweddevelopers to apply for building permits, file plats and even begin construction during the expansion of Plumtree Run.
But administrators in the state Department of the Environment, which under state lawmust review the county water and sewer plan, put a halt to that program.