Three-way land swap could bring new school WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

December 22, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

A three-way land swap between a developer in Western Anne Arundel County and two county offices could mean a new elementary school for the Provinces community.

While the deal awaits completion and still must be approved by the Board of Education, officials are reasonably sure the arrangement, proposed after two years of discussions, will work out.

"The problem has always been getting something for everybody," said Marshall Zinn, vice president of Curtis F. Peterson Co., developers of Russett, a planned 3,500-unit community being built at Route 198 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Maryland City. "It appears it all has been ironed out."

But school officials are somewhat more cautious. "It is safe to say the proposal is being evaluated," said Michael K. Raible, developer of planning and construction for the county school system. Noting the plans are still being reviewed, he added, "to say it is a done deal is a quantum leap from there."

If the deal goes through, the Russett developers would get 20 acres of Board of Education-owned land that borders the development near the parkway. The schools would get 45 acres of land owned by the county Department of Recreation and Parks, which in turn would get 57 acres of Russett land that borders the Oxbow nature preserve.

The holdup, according to Mr. Zinn and Mr. Raible, has been Parks and Recreation officials who are looking for land for a regional park and were concerned that a school located on the 45 acres in the Provinces would take away that option.

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