Hospital calls detention center meeting

January 29, 1994|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Staff Writer

Concerned about plans to bring a juvenile detention center to its neighborhood, Children's Hospital has arranged a meeting of government officials, business and community leaders in the Cold Spring Lane-Greenspring Avenue area.

The meeting is set for 1 p.m. today in the hospital's Bowles Auditorium. The hospital is at 3825 Greenspring Ave.

City and state officials are considering a site on Cold Spring Lane between the Jones Falls Expressway and Greenspring Avenue for a juvenile justice center, which would include a courthouse and a 144-bed detention facility. The city also may build a new Northern District police station on the 27-acre site that now is a landfill.

Linda Safran, the hospital's vice president for development and public relations, said the community wants more details before any steps are taken to provide state funds to the $35 million juvenile center.

"We have a telephone network that's been extremely busy," Ms. Safran said.

Among those invited to the meeting are representatives from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, the mayor's office, the city planning office, the Baltimore Development Corp. and the City Council. They will be asked to address questions from officers of the community groups of Coldspring, Hampden, Woodberry, Derby Manor and Medfield, Ms. Safran said.

Jacqueline M. Lampell, a Juvenile Services spokeswoman, said officials had planned to discuss the project with area residents after the site is selected. She said the Cold Spring Lane site is one of four under consideration.

"Of the sites we are considering for this project, Cold Spring is certainly an attractive one," said Ms. Lampell.

She would not give the locations of the other three possibilities.

L. Tracy Brown, director of the mayor's coordinating council for criminal justice, said environmental studies would have to be done to see if the Cold Spring Lane site is suitable.

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