ANNAPOLITANS worry that they may not have much of a say in the reuse of the Anne Arundel Medical Center, the downtown hospital that will relocate in 2001 to a new facility in outlying Parole. Considering the hospital's strategic location in the heart of Annapolis' historic district -- it has been at Franklin and Cathedral streets since townsfolk created "The Annapolis Emergency Hospital" in 1902 -- it is natural that the residents would be wary about the property's future use.
They will get their say. AAMC has created a hospital site reuse committee that includes local business leaders and residents. City government seeks citizen input. Proposed changes in zoning or exterior architecture would also trigger formal reviews.
Some of the community's reported fears appear to be overblown. It's hard to imagine a use that would be more intensive than a round-the-clock medical operation with staff, visitors and 56,000 patients annually.