Panel narrows site choices for conference center

December 23, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

A committee that is to select a site for a proposed conference center in Annapolis dropped from consideration yesterday two sites west and south of the city, but postponed a decision on the remaining three.

The committee, which was expected to narrow its choices to two, eliminated a 28-acre tract on Riva Road south of Parole, known as the Lincoln property, and the Loretta Heights site, 8 acres on the northwest corner of the West Street and Route 2 interchange because the property owners never submitted proposals, said Tom Negri, chairman of the committee.

He said the committee would send those owners letters saying "that since we have not received a reply from you, we assume you're not interested."

The Mencke-Phipps tract, an 11-acre site at the corner of West Street and Taylor Avenue that has been endorsed by Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, the local business community and the residents of Presidents Hill, remained in the running.

The other sites under consideration included a 35-acre plot at pTC the Parole Shopping Center, between Riva Road, West Street, Route 2 and Forest Drive; and a 28-acre site across from the Anne Arundel Medical Park, between Jennifer Road and Md. Route 50.

The committee also could consider using the former Wiley H. Bates High School, a 16-acre campus that was home of the only black high school in Anne Arundel County before desegregation if the land costs for the other sites prove too steep.

County officials must make a proposal early next month. "Unless submitted by the 10th of January, it won't be considered," Mr. Negri said.

The conference center committee includes county and city officials and representatives of the hotel and restaurant industries.

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