Severna Park Council opposes Shipley's Choice site for jail COUNTY WIDE ARNOLD* BROADNECK* SEVERNA PARK* CROWNSVILLE* MILLERSVILLE

October 15, 1992|By Angela Gambill | Angela Gambill,Staff Writer

Members of the Greater Severna Park Council expressed strong concern Tuesday that a site bordering the Shipley's Choice community is being considered for a new county detention center.

"They are considering a site that affects everyone in this organization," council member Al Johnston said.

The county's Detention Center Siting and Alternative Sentences Task Force, having rejected a site on Ordnance Road in Glen Burnie, has announced it will choose one of four sites, including a property on Veterans Highway that borders Shipley's Choice on the east.

That site, called the Pumphrey property, consists of 132 acres near the county police headquarters.

The council, concerned that as many as 4,000 Severna Park families would live within a half-mile of the proposed jail, voted to send a letter to the task force opposing the site.

Members also plan to send a representative to a public hearing on the issue, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Glen Burnie High School.

The other three sites being considered are a 263-acre parcel along River Road in South County; the Fisher property, which consists of 159 acres on Route 97 near Crownsville State Hospital Center; and 210 acres of the former Schramm's Turkey Farm on Mountain Road in Pasadena.

Task force members visited each of the locations under consideration and evaluated them on the basis of seven criteria, including distance from the courts and the use of adjacent land.

At Wednesday's hearing, the task force will invite the heads of community associations, civic groups and public officials to comment on the proposed site.

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