Neall plans land transfer in exchange for affordable housing

October 14, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

County Executive Robert R. Neall announced a plan yesterday to give 11 surplus lots to developers who will agree to build affordable housing on them for low-income people buying their first home.

Mr. Neall made the announcement as part of a state of the county address before the Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors.

All of the sites are in North County. Four lots are in Lombardee Beach, four in Severn, two in Morris Hills and one in Pumphrey.

The County Council will consider a non-binding resolution on the property transfer, part of the county's Venture Housing Program, at a public hearing Monday night.

The resolution merely supports the program's concept. After county officials solicit proposals from developers and select those who will build the housing, the individual transfers of land will go before the council for approval, said Louise Hayman, a spokeswoman for Mr. Neall.

Mr. Neall also commented on efforts to find sites for a new detention center and circuit courthouse, two key building projects that have hit roadblocks.

He said he supported keeping the courthouse in its present location in Annapolis' Historic District, but only if a facility can be built that will fulfill space requirements in coming decades.

The executive said he was disappointed a task force considering the new detention center rejected an 85-acre location on New Ordnance Road, which he favors.

"I stand by my original recommendation for an Ordnance Road site," Mr. Neall said.

He added that he would accept the task force's recommendation, providing it meets criteria the county has established for a new jail site -- such as availability of utilities, size of the site and price.

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