Residents OK quarry in Jessup

June 03, 1994|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,Sun Staff Writer

After 16 months of negotiations, 40 residents approved development of a quarry in their Jessup community last night.

The quarry will be developed on the Chase property, a 600-acre wooded area between Interstate 95 and U.S. 1, north of Guilford Road. The property is owned by Washington businessman Kingdon Gould.

The quarry will be mined for a crystalline rock known as Baltimore gabbro that primarily is used in Maryland for road construction.

Leaders of the Ridgely Run Community Association, which represents more than 600 households east of Interstate 95, west of U.S. 1, north of Guilford Road and south of Route 175, called the meeting to decide whether to give Mr. Gould the go-ahead.

During the two-hour meeting, 38 of the residents directed the community association's board to negotiate further for a package of amenities for the community. Two of the residents were satisfied with the package that has been recommended.

The board will consult the community before any such package becomes final.

The current package of amenities Mr. Gould promised includes:

* Construction of a community center at the developer's expense.

* Donation of about 40 acres of standing forest and stream valleys to the Howard County Conservancy and/or Maryland Environmental Trust as permanent parkland.

* Donation of 5 cents per ton of marketable stone to the Ridgelys Run Community Association, with a minimum of $50,000 per year.

* Donation to the conservancy of 140 acres that will include a 100-acre lake, forest land and stream valleys, at the conclusion of quarry operations.

Residents say the recommended package of amenities has been scaled back from the original list that included recreational bonuses -- an 18-hole golf course, a swim club and soccer fields.

"We never had the opportunity to pick what we wanted," said Gary Prestianni, a board member. "We didn't expect a Cadillac, but we're getting a Yugo.

"[Board member] Marilyn Irwin said the community center is a good thing, but it does not measure up to the original list of offers. I think because we are making some adjustments in our quality of life, what we should get should offset what we may lose," Mr. Prestianni said.

Ms. Irwin asked that the center include a pool, ballparks and tennis courts.

Mr. Gould said he is more than willing to share the quarry's profitability with the community. "This entire process of industry negotiating with the community is novel," Mr. Gould said. "The community can place limits and controls on industry and it can share in the benefits."

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