Home sought for Lionel's train donation SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

October 28, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The Sykesville Town Council is looking for a home for $10,000 worth of model trains and equipment recently donated by Lionel Trains Inc. of Michigan.

Town Manager James L. Schumacher and Bruce Greenberg, senior manager of Greenberg Publishing, met with Bill Keeney, an architect who is donating his services to the project.

The completed model railroad would occupy about 360 square feet and would need about 1,800 square feet for its display, Mr. Greenberg said.

He asked the town to look for a building with enough room for both the display and a shop that the town could lease to someone who sells model railroad supplies.

"I think the shop owner would have a successful experience based on customer traffic," he said.

Mr. Greenberg estimated that the display operation would cost about $15,000 a year to operate and maintain, and said he hoped admission fees and rent from the retail business could pay the cost.

No public money will be involved.

"Hopefully, we will be able to raise funds on an annual basis," he said. "We have had really positive reactions. A lot of citizens are behind this."

Mr. Schumacher said the owner of the Parrot Building, near the Town House, was considering selling or leasing it to the town.

"This is a fine project, but I have to caution that there won't be much funds from our end," said Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr.

Councilman Jonathan Herman called for a group effort by town businesses and urged planners to proceed slowly.

"Even if we get the building for free, it could cost $200,000 to renovate," he said.

Mr. Greenberg said volunteers would like to start building the models in portable sections.

Mr. Herman said a town-owned building on Oklahoma Road might be a suitable location for constructing and storing the sections.

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