Turkey Point Road site won't be sold, after all

November 28, 1992|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer

BALTIMORE COUNTY — Residents in the Back River Peninsula have prevented th sale, possibly to a developer, of a 17-acre tract once considered as a site for an elementary school.

Yesterday, County Executive Roger B. Hayden said he took the site off a list of surplus government-owned land that the county is considering selling.

The county had wanted to sell the land, located at Baurnschmidt and Turkey Point roads near Chesapeake High School, and put it back on the tax rolls.

But Mr. Hayden said local community associations and environmental groups persuaded him to change his mind. He also said the tract "is an important piece of open space land for the Back River Neck community and will become even more valuable in the future."

"Our citizens are becoming increasingly appreciative of open space and their overwhelming support for parks and preservation in the recent bond referendum has not gone unnoticed," said Mr. Hayden, referring to the $3 million bond issue referendum for parks and greenways that passed in the Nov. 3 election.

The 17-acre parcel was one of nine county-owned properties an ad hoc commission identified in May as ones that could sold or leased. The commissioned, established by Mr. Hayden, also was charged with looking at county services that could be privatized to save money.

Bob Christopher, a board member of the Back River Neck Peninsula Community Association, applauded Mr. Hayden's decision.

"This is great news as the community was overwhelmingly opposed to selling this land," he said, adding that the land would have "been very attractive to a developer" if it had gone up for sale.

Originally, the land was slated for the future Turkey Point Elementary School.

County officials are now looking at another location next to Pottery Farms, a park farther south on the peninsula.

Mr. Christopher said the community would rather that parcel become part of Pottery Farm Park. The 17-acre site on Turkey Point Road could be used for a future school if one is needed, he said.

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