County proceeding with plan for Stony Creek Park Purchase of last parcel needed on waterfront may take 6 more months

February 05, 1997|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County officials are moving ahead with plans to buy waterfront property for a 200-acre North County park on Stony Creek and hope to have a deal within six months.

County officials opened negotiations last year with landowner David Heckendorf to buy 120 acres that would be linked with two other strips of land the county owns to create Stony Creek Park. That configuration of properties would give the new park about a half-mile of waterfront property on Big Burley Cove and Stony Creek.

Concerns about road improvements and storm water management have delayed the project, but Jack Keene, chief of planning and construction in the Department of Recreation and Parks, said no "major roadblock" remained.

"These are more technical issues," he said. "These are just hoops that need to be jumped through. I would hope that it [an agreement] would occur in the next six months."

County officials still don't know when a finished park might be ready for visitors.

Heckendorf is subdividing a lot that has a home on it so that he can add another one and is going through the county's subdivision process, said Betty Dixon, a county spokeswoman.

No park deal can be made final before that process is complete. "I'm hoping within the next month we should have resolution on all the technical issues and should sign a sales agreement. Then we'd go into settlement," Dixon said.

The $1.2 million the county budgeted last year to buy Heckendorf's land was carried over to the current budget. About half the money is provided through the Department of Natural Resources from state Chesapeake Bay access funds.

The land acquired from Heckendorf would connect two 40-acre inland sites that CSX Corp. turned over to the county a few years ago.

A new park would fulfill County Executive John G. Gary's campaign promise to Glen Burnie and North County residents. Gary has said that such projects as the park would spur development in the older section of the county.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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