Church Street resurfacing discussed

February 23, 1997

County public works officials are negotiating with the state a plan to resurface Church Street in Brooklyn Park and fix its crumbling curbs and sidewalks.

Under the plan, the state would transfer ownership of one of the most heavily traveled residential streets in Brooklyn Park to the county and pay for the work.

State Highway Administration (SHA) officials are to meet early next month with county officials to discuss the scope and cost of the project, said Paul Armstrong, an SHA district engineer. No money has been budgeted for the work, Armstrong said.

Renovations along the one-mile stretch of road between Ritchie Highway and the city line are to include new storm drains, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, pavement, directional markings and landscaping.

State Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, the Democrat who represents the area, called the project "long overdue."

No improvements have been made to Church Street in 40 years, Jimeno said.

Brooklyn Park politicians asked the state and the county to consider the project to help improve the appearance of the older northern Anne Arundel neighborhood, Jimeno said.

Cadden seeks school wing for creative arts

Del. Joan Cadden wants to turn a wing of Brooklyn Park Middle School into a North County site for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Anne Arundel County agencies.

Cadden, a Brooklyn Park Democrat, and Del. Howard P. Rawlings, a Baltimore Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, are sponsoring a bond bill that would pump $2.5 million into a plan to refurbish the auditorium and nearby rooms.

"It's a start," said Cadden, who has long sought a North County site for performing groups and classes that make their home at Maryland Hall in Annapolis.

No hearing date has been set.

County officials have asked an architect to evaluate that part of the building. Several county agencies, including the police and the Department of Aging, use space there.

Pub Date: 2/23/97

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