Kirk Field declared surplus, paving way for development

September 21, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The city school board voted this week to place Kirk Field in North Baltimore on a list of city surplus properties, making it available to developers in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood.

Interim board President Arnita Hicks McArthur said the board agreed to allow the development of 4.2 acres of the 7-acre site at Exeter Hall and Kirk avenues adjacent to Coldstream Park Elementary School, but made several recommendations for development that would ensure schoolchildren's safety.

"It caused us great concern because of the proximity to the school. We didn't want to do anything to endanger the children," she said.

The board recommended that the city reserve some of the surplus land for recreational use, keep the community involved in final development plans and offer a percentage of the resulting jobs to community residents.

She said the city has received two bids for the land -- one from Green Spring Dairy across the street, the other from a day care center.

Pub Date: 9/21/96

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