Umbc To Dedicate Land For Research In Conservation

April 28, 1997|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

Having scaled back a proposal for a high-technology research center, the University of Maryland Baltimore County is setting aside unneeded land for an environmental and conservation research park.

The 45-acre park, which includes woods, wetlands and the ruins of a historic inn where statesmen John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster rested, will be dedicated today. It will be used as a "living laboratory" for the study of biology, botany and geology.

Opponents of the research park had feared the natural site would be lost when UMBC first unveiled plans for an 88-acre development with 12 buildings.

But after the university acquired the former Lockheed Martin Corp. laboratory on Rolling Road, it scaled back plans for the research park. UMBC now plans four buildings on 36 acres, with construction to start this summer.

The conservation and environmental research area is bordered by Hilltop Circle on the north, athletic fields on the east, the planned research park on the west and Sulphur Springs and Shelbourne roads on the south.

In addition to protecting woods and wetlands, the area also will preserve the remains of the Sulphur Springs Inn, where wealthy travelers once stayed. The dedication will be at 1 p.m. today on the Albin O. Kuhn Library Plaza.

Pub Date: 4/28/97

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