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April 21, 1993

Columbia Council chair is against joint venture

COLUMBIA -- John Hansen, chairman of the Columbia Council, plans to recommend that the council reject joining a venture to build and operate a public golf course with the county and a development partnership.

County Executive Charles I. Ecker has said in a letter he doubts the county could join in financing course construction because FTC the county has so many other capital projects competing for money.

Howard-based developer J. Thomas Scrivener, one of the partners in the proposal, said yesterday that it was unlikely the project would include a public golf course if either the county or Columbia decides not to participate in the venture.

"If any of the other parties decides not to proceed then I don't see how we can include a public course. We may have to look at maybe doing all houses or a private course of some kind. Or maybe it's just not the right time for this type of project," Mr. Srivener said.

In February, the council was approached by Mr. Srivener and W. R. Grace & Co. president and chief executive officer J. P. Bolduc to consider joining in a venture to build and operate a tournament-class golf course just outside Columbia's borders near the village of Harper's Choice. The course would also contain between 120 and 135 homes, selling for $300,000 to $450,000 the developers said.

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