Blandair farm civil case postponed until December

Judge recuses himself from dispute over land

July 22, 1999

A civil trial that could determine the future of 300 undeveloped acres in the heart of Columbia has been postponed until December.

The trial was scheduled for July 27, but a Howard County Circuit Court judge recused himself last month. Another judge took over the case and rescheduled it.

A foundation created by a friend of Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith, who owned Blandair farm, is suing to prevent the county from building a park on the site. The chairman of that foundation says that Smith promised to give her farm to the foundation, which would preserve the land.

The property is along Route 175.

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