Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


February 03, 1993

Decision expected soon on amphitheater project

A California firm that wants to build an amphitheater in the region is expected to make a decision in two weeks on whether it will choose a West County site or one in Virginia.

County Council Chairman David G. Boschert said yesterday that the firm, which he declines to name, is trying to raise enough money to see the project through.

Mr. Boschert said it is likely the company will come to the Laurel area on land near Fort Meade south of Route 198, behind Welch's Trailer Park.

The company also is looking at land in Manassas, Va.

Negotiations between county and company officials have been under way for nearly a year.

Mr. Boschert announced the plan Feb. 6, 1992, but only released sketchy details.

Under his plan, the county would purchase the 100 acres for $1 million and lease part of it back to the amphitheater company.

The owner of the land, Doug Legum, would get a tax break for selling the property to a governmental agency and the county could use the land for much-needed ball fields.

While officials will not detail the plans any further, Mr. Boschert has said the amphitheater would be similar to Virginia's Wolf Trap Farm.

Michael Lofton, director of the county's economic development office, said the company is trying to come up with $15 million to build the amphitheater.

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