County officials vow to continue court fight over Ballman-Gischel House Judge's ruling allowing razing will be appealed

November 23, 1995|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The court battle over the future of the 125-year-old Ballman-Gischel House will continue, county officials vow.

A Circuit Court judge's ruling that clears the way for the razing of the house, which is on the Maryland list of historic places, will be filed with the Court of Special Appeals within a week, officials said.

"We will be making the same arguments that we made in the Circuit Court," said Deputy County Attorney Stephen M. LeGendre.

The vacant house -- boarded up, vandalized, its roof collapsed -- sits on 10 acres between Ballman Avenue and Patrick Henry Drive in Brooklyn Park.

While some in the community would be just as happy if it were gone, others want it preserved as a surviving structure of Brooklyn's early times.

Owner Georgia O. Clift, a fourth-generation descendant of original owner Henry Ballman, has told county officials she can not afford to repair it.

In October, Circuit Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. ruled against the county's contention that the owner's 1994 permit application to demolish the building was invalid because the $20 fee was not paid.

The tug of war over the site, zoned for five houses per acre, has gone on for nearly five years.

In 1991, Mrs. Clift sought unsuccessfully to have the property rezoned for 94 homes.

Her attorney, Thomas A. Pavlinic, was planning to buy the land from Mrs. Clift.

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