CENTRAL COUNTY--Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

May 13, 1993

Crownsville child-care facility seeks to expand

A Crownsville child-care facility is seeking to expand its space to be able to care for a maximum of 50 children.

The Safe Harbor Child Development Center, in the 800 block of Buttonwood Trail, a residential neighborhood, now serves 22 children and has a waiting list, said Mary Hoffman, who owns the property with her husband John.

No opponents to the expansion attended a county hearing Tuesday.

The Johnsons and center director Joni Clough are seeking a special exception to zoning laws that would enable them to expand the building on the Hoffman's 18,600-square-foot lot.

The center received a special exception in February of 1990, when it opened. Now, Safe Harbor needs building improvements to its lower level in order to fulfil regulations for 50 children, Ms. Clough said.

Mrs. Hoffman noted that the center has had no violations during its operation.

Council supports dredging proposal

The Greater Severna Park Council has supported the county's proposal to dredge and reopen a boating channel through a tributary of Dividing Creek that feeds the Magothy River.

The county has asked the Army Corps of Engineers, which is dredging Dividing Creek and Buckingham Cove, to include areas that had navigable channels in the past.

Twenty waterfront owners also have proposed digging spurs from their piers to the main channel, which would be 1,370 feet long and 60 feet wide.

The county has received a commitment from the Army Corps of bTC Engineers to go forward with the project. A permit for the Buckingham Cove dredging is expected by October 1993.

The earliest the project could start would be October 1994, said Beth Palmer of the Severna Park council.

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