Board of Appeals to make quarry decision tomorrow Preliminary views show panel will approve project

November 13, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Board of Appeals will decide tomorrowwhether to approve a proposed quarry in Jessup, its members said at a meeting last night.

Preliminary opinions tallied during the meeting indicated that -- with significant reservations -- the board will approve the controversial project.

After about two hours of discussion of how the rock-mining facility would affect surrounding residents, board members said they needed at least one more hour of debate before they could reach a decision.

If approved, the quarry would be built on a 600-plus-acre wooded site owned by developer Kingdon Gould Jr., a Washington parking lot magnate who wants to mine a valuable crystalline rock called Baltimore gabbro.

The site is east of Interstate 95, west of U.S. 1 and south of Route 175 in Jessup.

Last night's meeting followed almost a year of negotiations between Gould and residents, many of whom are concerned that noise, dust and increased traffic from the quarry would make their neighborhoods unhealthy and deflate their property values.

Gould and his lawyer, Richard B. Talkin, have vowed that the dust would be controlled and other concerns addressed.

During negotiations, Gould promised residents a 5,000-square-foot community center to be built before quarrying operations begin and, when mining is finished, park land with a lake.

Baltimore gabbro hasn't been quarried in Maryland for at least 15 years, and Gould's property is believed by the state Department of Natural Resources to be one of the last sites where it can be mined in the state.

Pub Date: 11/13/96

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