Housing plan to be topic of meeting

July 10, 1996

The Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association has scheduled a meeting at 7: 30 p.m. tonight at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church to discuss a proposal to develop the land behind the Linthicum Shipley Shopping Center.

Representatives from the county have been invited to explain the process necessary to begin development of Shipley Oaks on 4.95 acres off Benton Avenue. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Democrat who represents Maryland's 3rd District, is to send a representative to address concerns and questions on public housing and subsidies.

Joseph Kirkpatrick, owner of the shopping center, has proposed building 10 single-family homes on the property.

Linthicum residents have been suspicious that the project would be designated for poor Baltimore families involved in Moving to Opportunity, a federal program using Section 8 rent subsidies to move 285 poor families from inner-city neighborhoods to more prosperous areas.

But county officials and lawyers involved in local housing issues say the site has not been selected for any federal or local program.

Barbara Samuels, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, said last month that residents' fears were "totally unfounded."

"It's hysteria," she said. "There's not a single person alive who can tell you any particular place a person is going to go."

For information, call Susan March, president at 850-0678.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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