Meeting to provide public discussion on City of Hope

October 20, 1997

Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown will organize a public meeting on the City of Hope project at Henryton Hospital early next month at Liberty High School.

Harvest International Inc., a humanitarian organization based in Owings Mills, plans to lease and renovate the state-owned former tubercular hospital in Marriottsville as City of Hope.

The $5.6 million project will include a homeless shelter and a job training program for recovering substance abusers -- two components that neighbors vigorously oppose.

Organization officials have said they will reserve their comments for zoning and licensing hearings. They will not participate in any more public meetings.

Brown said he hopes to convince Harvest International of the value of constructive dialogue.

"It never helps when people stop talking," Brown said.

Pub Date: 10/20/97

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