Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY --

March 17, 1993

Historic group buys old bank in Odenton

The Odenton Heritage Society, after months of negotiating, has finally bought a small historic bank building that the group eventually will use for a museum and headquarters.

The society's president, Sally Shoemaker, said officials closed on the 20-by-25-foot concrete building last week for $12,500. The owner was Darlene Frantantuono.

Members are waiting for a $55,000 grant that already has been approved by the state Department of Transportation so renovations can begin.

"We hope we can go ahead and put the project out to bid in early April," Ms. Shoemaker said.

The building, next to the Odenton MARC station, was erected in 1917 as the Citizen's State Bank. It also has served as a concession stand, grocery store and storage shed. Once restored, the building will also be used as a breakfast concession stand for commuters.

Ms. Shoemaker said the society is planning a fund-raiser for April 24, which will be a flea market that will include prints from a famous artist.

$200,000 homes to be built in Crofton

A Columbia development company will start building $200,000 homes in Crofton next month.

Chateau Builders has announced that models for its 77-home development on 25 acres near Route 3 and Defense Highway will be built by mid-April. A sales center is scheduled to be opened by September.

The development, called Willows of Crofton, will consist of single-family homes.

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