Pool replaces lodge in River Downs plan Golf course community will have swim club, croquet, tennis courts

January 21, 1998|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,SUN STAFF

The developer of a 500-acre golf course community in Finksburg has abandoned plans to make a 24-room golf lodge and 200-seat banquet facility part of its amenities.

Instead, it will provide a 400-member swim club that would include a pool house, swimming pool, wading pool, croquet court and two tennis courts.

The county planning commission approved the site plan for the swim club by a 5-1 vote yesterday after requiring the developer to do a traffic study for the project.

River Downs developer Richard A. Moore, president of Gaylord Brooks Investment Co. Inc., initially sought planning commission support for a zoning change that would have allowed him to build a golf lodge on the site.

Moore had intended to use the lodge and "first-class restaurant" to pay for the swim center. But residents balked last month when the County Commissioners held a public hearing.

Afterward, Moore backed away from the idea, Westminster attorney John T. Maguire II told the planning commission, because he didn't want to be in the position of "dumping something on the community that it didn't want."

Residents preferred to charge higher rates for the swim club and open it to nonresidents, Maguire said.

The site proposed for the lodge and banquet hall will be deeded to the River Downs Community Association, Maguire said. "Way out in the future, [the developer] may build a two-story bed and breakfast at River Downs, he said.

Pub Date: 1/21/98

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