Fence to be built despite controversy

August 29, 1996|By Brenda J. Buote and Erin Texeira | Brenda J. Buote and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

Baltimore City and Baltimore County will move ahead with plans to build a controversial fence around the Hollander Ridge housing complex, city Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III said yesterday -- contradicting a report that the plans had been canceled.

After meeting yesterday with county officials, Henson said a wrought iron fence would be built beginning in October. The fence will be 6 feet in some sections and 8 feet in others, he added.

Henson disputed an article yesterday in The Sun, which reported that plans for the fence had been scrapped. "They [the plans] weren't killed," Henson said. "They had been put in abeyance."

The decision to revive plans for the fence was unexpected by some county officials. Hollander Ridge is in Baltimore City near Rosedale, a middle-class community in Baltimore County whose residents have complained about crime.

"This is something of a surprise to me, considering that we have not heard anything on this for several months," said county Councilman Louis L. DePazzo.

Henson did not know how much the fence will cost -- but said the city was prepared to pay up to $350,000 to build it.

"I'm still looking at the city's contribution as one-third of the total cost -- up to $350,000 -- because the county is looking for another partner," Henson said.

Michael Davis, spokesman for Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, said yesterday that the county also is prepared to pay up to $350,000. However, DePazzo said he was unsure where the money would come from because the issue was not addressed at yesterday's meeting.

It was also unclear whether the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would help pay for the fence. It agreed in 1994 to help fund improvement efforts.

Other improvement plans for Hollander Ridge are being drafted, Henson said. Final plans will be submitted to HUD officials by Sept. 10, he added.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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