Last section of horse farm will be sold

February 24, 1997|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

The last parcel of the University of Maryland horse farm -- a defunct research facility for thoroughbred horses -- is for sale.

L The 20-acre parcel is the last piece of the site to be sold.

In 1990, the University of Maryland began to phase out its nutrition and breeding research on the 168-acre property at Snowden River Parkway and the proposed extension of Route 100 in Ellicott City because of the growth around it, university officials said.

"There was encroachment on all sides by residential developments," said Jon B. Kasner, research facilities manager for the university's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. "This is prime land in the heart of Howard County."

Also in 1990, 76 acres were sold to Howard County. In 1991, 72 acres were sold to the state to create a right of way for the proposed extension of Route 100, which should be completed in 1999.

The acreage that Howard County bought has not been designated for a specific use, said Marsha McLaughlin, deputy director of the Planning and Zoning Department.

"Knowing that there were not lots of well-located pieces of land left of any size and knowing that it would have good access to 100, the county bought it with the idea that at some point in time it might be useful for some public facility," McLaughlin said.

Bids on the remaining 20 acres will be accepted until April 15, Kasner said.

The site is zoned for single-family residential development but has a mixed-use overlay zone that permits a mix of residential and commercial development.

Pub Date: 2/24/97

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