Annapolis releases capital budget New park is part of $11 million plan ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

April 09, 1993|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer

Annapolis officials unveiled an $11 million capital improvement budget yesterday that calls for creating a new park off Admiral Drive, replacing the city's 100-year-old water line and upgrading a wastewater treatment plant.

The proposed budget for the next fiscal year is part of a $48.7 million five-year plan to improve the city. About one-third of the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 will be financed through bonds.

A multimillion-dollar project included in the budget is revamping the wastewater treatment plant on Edgewood Road. The city is chipping in $3.1 million toward the joint city-county $21.2 million effort to refit the plant. Renovations began two years ago and will continue into 1995.

Another large project is the replacement of a 20-inch water line running from Defense Highway into the city. The 100-year-old pipe is "an antique," ill-suited to handle the demands of the growing city, Central Services Director Emory Harrison said.

The city decided to take advantage of the Annapolis Mall expansion to replace the water main, he said.

Tucked away among the modest plans to improve public sewer and water service are efforts to create more attractive recreational opportunities.

Annapolis hopes to buy a 7.6-acre site owned by WNAV, a radio station, off Admiral Drive.

The owner, Jacob Einstein, has offered to finance the bulk of his $1.6 million asking price, while the city would pay $600,000 through open-space funds, Mr. Harrison said.

Also included in the budget is $227,000 to spruce up the 75-year-old Stanton Center, a worn community center that houses youth programs, basketball courts and a pregnancy prevention center.

Some $500,000 has been set aside as seed money to explore refurbishing the old Wiley H. Bates High School. Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins still hopes to turn the school into a senior center, said City Administrator Michael Mallinoff.

The city has earmarked $1.5 million to open central headquarters for the Transportation Department off Drew Street, near Chinquapin Round Road.

Earlier this year, city officials negotiated a compromise with residents worried about the noise and fumes from the planned bus depot.

A wall blocking the noise will be built between the depot and the homes.

Money to design plans for reconstructing Annapolis' buckling Main Street also was included in the budget.

The city plans to rebrick the thoroughfare leading from the waterfront to Church Circle in 1995.

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