Laurel stadium hearing July 11

May 12, 1994

Anne Arundel County officials will hold their first public hearing July 11 on Jack Kent Cooke's proposal to build a football stadium near Laurel for the Redskins.

The hearing is to begin at 9 a.m. at Meade Senior High School and adjourn at 5 p.m. It will continue on consecutive days until everyone wishing to testify has been heard.

Mr. Cooke has requested a special exception to Anne Arundel's zoning regulations to allow him to build a 78,600-seat stadium in an industrial zone east of Laurel. The public is invited to comment on issues ranging from traffic and parking to the environmental and economic impact.

Evening hearing times, requested by stadium opponents, were considered but rejected, said Tammy Norman, a spokeswoman for county Administrative Hearing Officer Robert C. Wilcox.

She said night meetings would have posed problems for Meade Senior High School security and maintenance workers, forcing them to stay late.

People who live outside Anne Arundel County are welcome to testify, she said.

In another stadium-related development, the Citizens Against the Stadium II has hired the Annapolis law firm of McCarthy and Dernoga to represent it.

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