Pumphrey House still for sale after pact's demise GLEN BURNIE

August 03, 1993

If a three-way pact among the owner, the county and a nonprofit group were still alive, the historic Thomas Pumphrey House might have a buyer by now. Instead, the owner is about to try a new marketing effort.

An agreement signed last year by Burwood Road Associates, the county and the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation Inc. provided for help in selling the property and virtually guaranteed a buyer: The preservation group had promised to try to buy the house by Aug. 1 if no one else did or forfeit its interest.

But when the county Scattered Sites Renewal Program, which would have provided up to $125,000 in no-interest or deferred loans for the property's buyer, ended in December, so did the agreement.

Now, after more than a year on the market, the fire-ravaged, vandalized brick house is still on the market. The asking price is $100,000 for the house and the half-acre lot at Furnace Branch and West Ordnance roads.

"I'm very disappointed," said Bill Steffey, a limited partner in Burwood and a real estate agent. "I don't know what we are going to do with it."

He said he is exploring the possibility of federal loans and other incentives if a nonprofit group buys and uses the house, and that he may invite nonprofit groups to visit.

"We're encouraging developers to take a look at the property," said Kathleen Koch, executive director of the recently privatized Arundel Community Development Services Inc.

She said a few developers have looked at the building, zoned commercial, for offices or day care.

The county paid nearly $20,000 for a marketing and feasibility study that indicated the house needs $224,700 in repairs and the clearing of weeds and trash.

Burwood Road Associates bought the house and about 30 acres surrounding it in the late 1980s to build Oak Leaf Villas. The company signed an easement with the county in which it agreed not to raze the house, which was built in 1863.

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