Council gives push to low-cost housing program

November 03, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

The County Council approved a resolution last night supporting the creation of a program that will transfer surplus county lots to developers who agree to build low-cost housing on them.

Under the Venture Housing program, the houses will be sold to first-time buyers who meet certain income requirements. Last night's vote approved only the concept. The individual properties will come before the council for a vote before they are transferred to developers.

The program proposes building houses in Lombardee Beach in Pasadena; the Ridgeway area of Severn; Morris Hills near Glen Burnie; and Patapsco Park near Brooklyn Park.

Councilman George F. Bachman, D-Linthicum, said residents of Patapsco Park and Morris Hills supported the program after he and planning and zoning officials explained it to them.

"They are very elated," he said.

But at last night's council meeting, several Ridgeway residents expressed concerns that the proposed housing will lower property values.

"I wanted to express my dismay at the county's decision to do this," said Maria Price-Nowakowski.

Other residents said they hoped the county could turn the surplus lots into parks or green space.

In other business, council Chairman David G. Boschert announced a timetable to determine the site for a new detention center. On Nov. 10, the Council will hold a work session to discuss each of the 10 sites that had originally been considered by officials. Members of the public may attend but may not speak.

A siting committee recommended last week that the jail be situated in Millersville adjacent to the county police and fire headquarters.

At the Nov. 16 council meeting, members may submit resolutions supporting individual sites. On Nov. 18, the council will hold a public hearing at Arundel Senior High School in Gambrills and will vote on its final site recommendation after the hearing.

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