BGE seeks approval for substation

March 13, 1996|By Lisa T. Hill | Lisa T. Hill,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. plans to ask the county zoning board to approve a power substation on 10 1/2 acres south of Westminster near Diamond Hills.

BGE spokeswoman Peggy Mulloy said continued development in and around the city prompted the request. She said several recent power blackouts showed the need for the new substation.

"Carroll County is a very sought-out area for construction," she said. "And our service is not as reliable as we would like."

Although BGE has owned the property on the south side of Kate Wagner Road near Little Morgan Run, Gist Road and Washington Avenue since 1981, the company must apply for conditional-use approval from the zoning board.

The board will hear the request in May, but no hearing date has been set.

If the project is approved, BGE expects construction to be completed by December 1997, Ms. Mulloy said.

The substation would be surrounded by an 8-foot-high, chain-link fence and hidden from view by a 6-foot-high, grass-covered berm, Ms. Mulloy said.

BGE has met with individuals and groups of residents to hear their concerns. Ms. Mulloy said residents have told the utility that they want the substation built "as far as possible from the road."

Pub Date: 3/13/96

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